Definition of rocambole in English:



  • A Eurasian plant that is closely related to garlic and is sometimes used as a flavouring.

    • ‘Some strains, known as hardneck varieties or rocamboles, produce a dramatic-looking flower stem as part of normal growth.’
    • ‘The texture is rich, thick and meaty, with a hearty flavor especially compatible with tomatoes, rocambole, basil, savory and zucchini.’
    • ‘A varied subgroup of purple stripe, this type also has characteristics of both rocambole and porcelain types and is possibly the garlic from which rocambole evolved.’
    • ‘There are many varieties, in two major groups: the so-called soft necks, often found in the grocery store, and hard necks, also known as rocambole.’
    • ‘A. scorodoprasum is the species usually called rocambole; but that common name is of erratic application.’


Late 17th century: from French, from German Rockenbolle.