Meaning of allium

al•li•um

Pronunciation: (al'ē-um), [key]
— n.
  1. any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Allium, of the amaryllis family, having an onion odor and flowers in a round cluster, including the onion, leek, shallot, garlic, and chive.
  2. a substance occurring in garlic bulbs that has antibiotic properties.
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