Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A European plant (Allium sativum var. ophioscordon) having a garliclike bulb.
  • n. The bulb of this plant used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of garlic; the sand leek

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name of Allium Scorodoprasum and Allium Ascalonium, two kinds of garlic, the latter of which is also called shallot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the onion kind, Allium Scorodoprasum, native through the middle latitudes of Europe, and there somewhat cultivated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European leek cultivated and used like leeks

Etymologies

French, from German Rockenbolle : Rocken, distaff (from Middle High German rocke, from Old High German rocko, from Vulgar Latin *rotica, from Latin rotāre, to turn; see rotate) + Bolle, bulb (from Middle High German bolle, from Old High German bolla, ball; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The principal hardnecks are rocambole, porcelain and purple stripe.

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  • But then just found out in recent years, about the fast-growing seed stems of the rocambole garlic.

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  • I'm really interested in learning about different kinds of garlic, like rocambole garlic, elephant head which i don't think is technically garlic, etc.

    G.O.O.P.

  • Harvest from outside to the center., cultivar "soft neck," which can be found in grocery stores, or "rocambole 'var. ophioscorodon," which comes from the wild and is named because of its sinuous growth habit.

    The Shad Plank

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