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
Indeed, the leek is "l'emblème national du Pays de Galles" (national emblem for Wales)!
I know there is that emotive issue of it being one of our national emblems but hey, the leek is a national emblem of Wales and they don't seem to have any issues about eating it.
The leek was a bit strong on the wine but great in texture.
When we say that the leek is the asparagus of the poor, that's not nice to the leek, the asparagus or the poor man.
The leek was a favourite vegetable in Egypt, and is still largely cultivated there and in Palestine.
The leek was a bulbous vegetable resembling the onion.
Without the fowl, the above, which would then be merely called leek soup, is very good, and also economical.
I did this with herbs, with vegetables the leek was the most recent, with beans, with peas, with arugula and other greens, with almost everything I could lay my hands on.
Unlike the bulb that onion and garlic produces, the lower part of the leek is a tight bundle of leaves.
Livia: I love the idea of leek fritters for Passover.