1. <botany> A plant of the genus Allium (A. Sativum is the cultivated variety), having a bulbous root, a very strong smell, and an acrid, pungent taste. Each root is composed of several lesser bulbs, called cloves of garlic, inclosed in a common membranous coat, and easily separable.

2. A kind of jig or farce. Garlic mustard, a European plant of the Mustard family (Alliaria officinalis) which has a strong smell of garlic. Garlic pear tree, a tree in Jamaica (Crataeva gynandra), bearing a fruit which has a strong scent of garlic, and a burning taste.

Origin: OE. Garlek, AS. Garleac; gar spear, lance + leac leek. See Gar, and Leek.

(01 Mar 1998)

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