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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Leek  \Leek\  (l[=e]k),  n.  [AS.  le['a]c;  akin  to  D.  look  G. 
  lauch,  OHG.  louh,  Icel.  laukr  Sw  l["o]k,  Dan  l["o]g.  Cf 
  {Garlic}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  plant  of  the  genus  {Allium}  ({A.  Porrum}),  having  broadly 
  linear  succulent  leaves  rising  from  a  loose  oblong 
  cylindrical  bulb.  The  flavor  is  stronger  than  that  of  the 
  common  onion. 
 
  {Wild  leek},  in  America,  a  plant  ({Allium  tricoccum})  with  a 
  cluster  of  ovoid  bulbs  and  large  oblong  elliptical  leaves. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  leek 
  n  1:  plant  having  a  large  slender  white  bulb  and  flat  overlapping 
  dark  green  leaves;  used  in  cooking;  believed  derived 
  from  the  wild  Allium  ampeloprasum  [syn:  {scallion},  {Allium 
  porrum}] 
  2:  related  to  onions;  white  cylindrical  bulb  and  flat 
  dark-green  leaves 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Leek 
  (Heb.  hatsir  the  Allium  porrum),  rendered  grass"  in  1  Kings 
  18:5,  2  Kings  19:26,  Job  40:15,  etc.;  herb"  in  Job  8:12;  hay" 
  in  Prov.  27:25,  and  Isa.  15:6;  leeks"  only  in  Num.  11:5.  This 
  Hebrew  word  seems  to  denote  in  this  last  passage  simply  herbs, 
  such  as  lettuce  or  savoury  herbs  cooked  as  kitchen  vegetables, 
  and  not  necessarily  what  are  now  called  leeks.  The  leek  was  a 
  favourite  vegetable  in  Egypt,  and  is  still  largely  cultivated 
  there  and  in  Palestine. 
 




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