from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An edible plant (Allium porrum) related to the onion and having a white, slender bulb and flat, dark-green leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vegetable Allium ampeloprasum variety porrum, of the lily family, having edible leaves and an onion-like bulb but with a milder flavour than the onion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Allium (Allium Porrum), having broadly linear succulent leaves rising from a loose oblong cylindrical bulb. The flavor is stronger than that of the common onion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of the genus Allium; especially, a biennial culinary plant, Allium Porrum.
- n. Polytelis barrabandi, a small parrot, green with a scarlet breast. Also called green-leek.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. related to onions; white cylindrical bulb and flat dark-green leaves
- n. plant having a large slender white bulb and flat overlapping dark green leaves; used in cooking; believed derived from the wild Allium ampeloprasum
Middle English lek, from Old English lēac.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English lēac ("a garden herb, leek, onion, garlic"), from Proto-Germanic *laukan (“leek, onion”), from Proto-Indo-European *leug- (“to bend”). Cognate with Dutch look ("garlic, leek"), German Lauch ("leek, allium"), Swedish lök ("onion"), Icelandic laukur ("onion, leek, garlic"). See garlic. (Wiktionary)