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Definition of ONION

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Onion \On"ion\, n. [F. ognon, fr. L. unio oneness, unity, a single large pearl, an onion. See {One}, {Union}.]
     1. (Bot.) A liliaceous plant of the genus {Allium} ({Allium cepa}), having a strong-flavored bulb and long hollow leaves; also, its bulbous root, much used as an article of food. The name is often extended to other species of the genus. [1913 Webster]

     2. The flavor of an onion[1].
        [PJC]

     {Onion fish} (Zool.), the grenadier.

     {Onion fly} (Zool.) a dipterous insect whose larva feeds upon the onion; especially, {Anthomyia ceparum} and {Ortalis flexa}.

     {Welsh onion}. (Bot.) See {Cibol}.

     {Wild onion} (Bot.), a name given to several species of the genus {Allium}. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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