Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Allium sativum (family Liliaceae), its bulb contains up to 0.9% of volatile irritating oil with antiseptic action; has been used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and expectorant.
Synonym(s): garlic


a genus of plants belonging to the Liliaceae family; contain N-propyl-disulfide. A constant heavy diet of many species causes severe hemolytic anemia. Includes A. ameloprasm (wild onion), A. canadense (wild onion), A. cepa (cultivated onion), A. sativum (garlic), A. schoenprasm (chives), A. triquetrum (three-cornered garlic), A. ursinum (wild garlic), A. validum (wild onion), A. vineale (false garlic).
References in periodicals archive ?
Please send cheques and postal orders made payable to Mr Fothergill's to People Allium Offer, Mr Fothergill's, Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG and clearly state your name and address.
Quercetin, a component of Allium cepa bulb, has been reported to decrease apoptosis of hepatocytes in STZ-diabetic rats (Bakhshaeshi et al.
Certain alliums are also used as indicators of changing seasons and are prized for their unique flavors and textures, like ramps, spring onions, and garlic scapes.
The market potential of Allium hookeri was determined after a survey of wholesalers, and retailers (vendors) in different urban and rural markets of the state, during the luxuriant growth period (April to June), during 2009-2011 (tables 5, 6 & 7).
To investigate the potential protective effect of alliums further, researchers studied the compounds found in garlic.
Foliage material of Allium stracheyi was collected from various parts of Uttarakhand, India during August to September 2008 (Table I).
Allium Capital Ltd ('the Company') is a new company with a clear vision of the future for retail financial services.
5 [+ or -] 2 cm in diameter) of a commercial variety of Allium cepa L.
We are offering a pack of 25 of the lovely allium azureum for only pounds 6.
Agapanthus may not return as successfully as alliums, as the blue or white flowers which are so prevalent in the Channel Islands prefer warmer climes, but you could also choose other species to provide texture and architectural value to such schemes, including globe thistle (Echinops), a tough, silvery plant with spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers, or sea holly (Eryngium), with its blue, teasel-like flowers on bluetinted branching stems.