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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Melt the butter, add the leeks.
▪ Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large, deep skillet and add leeks and a little salt and pepper.
▪ Melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan, add the leeks, garlic and onion.
▪ Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the leeks and the shallot.
▪ Place the carrots and swede in an ovenproof dish. Add the leeks, sweetcorn and tomatoes.
Add boiling liquid, bring back to the boil and add leeks.
▪ Add leek shreds, parsley, spinach and remaining cider to pan, cover and cook for a further four minutes.
▪ Add leeks and saute slowly until they just begin to colon Add carrot and celery and saute for 3 minutes longer.
▪ Add carrot, onion, leeks, celery, and garlic and continue to saute until lightly browned.
▪ Cut remaining leek greens into fine shreds.
▪ For a first course, there is a potato leek soup.
▪ For Neil Kinnock, a dish of leeks baked in Caerphilly sauce - easy to eat and comforting whatever the outcome.
▪ Leeks: choose thin, firm clean leeks.
▪ Remove leeks and oysters from skillet and set aside.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Leek \Leek\ (l[=e]k), n. [AS. le['a]c; akin to D. look, G. lauch, OHG. louh, Icel. laukr, Sw. l["o]k, Dan l["o]g. Cf. Garlic.] (Bot.) 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.

Wild leek, in America, a plant ( Allium tricoccum) with a cluster of ovoid bulbs and large oblong elliptical leaves.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

culinary herb, Old English læc (Mercian), leac (West Saxon) "leek, onion, garlic," from Proto-Germanic *lauka- (cognates: Old Norse laukr "leek, garlic," Danish løg, Swedish lök "onion," Old Saxon lok "leek," Middle Dutch looc, Dutch look "leek, garlic," Old High German louh, German Lauch "leek"). No known cognates; Finnish laukka, Russian luk-, Old Church Slavonic luku are borrowed from Germanic.


n. 1 The vegetable ''Allium ampeloprasum'', of the lily family, having edible leaves and an onion-like bulb but with a milder flavour than the onion. 2 Any of several species of ''Allium'', broadly resembling the domesticated plant in appearance in the wild.

  1. n. plant having a large slender white bulb and flat overlapping dark green leaves; used in cooking; believed derived from the wild Allium ampeloprasum [syn: scallion, Allium porrum]

  2. related to onions; white cylindrical bulb and flat dark-green leaves

Leek (disambiguation)

A leek is a vegetable belonging to the onion family.

Leek may also refer to:

Leek (UK Parliament constituency)

Leek was a parliamentary constituency in Staffordshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Centred on the market town of Leek, it was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished nearly 100 years later for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Staffordshire Moorlands constituency.

Leek (surname)

Leek is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Andy Leek (born 1964), English musician
  • Gene Leek (born 1936), American former baseball player
  • Geoff Leek (1932–2008), Australian rules footballer
  • John de Leche or de Leek, Archbishop of Dublin (1311-1311)
  • Ken Leek (1935–2007), Welsh footballer
  • Miranda Leek (born 1993), American archer
  • Peter Leek (born 1988), Australian Paralympic swimmer
  • Ralph Leek, American football player
  • Stephen Leek (born 1959), Australian composer, conductor, educator and publisher
  • Sybil Leek (1917–1982), English witch, astrologer and psychic

The leek is a vegetable that is a cultivar of Allium ampeloprasum, the broadleaf wild leek. The edible part of the plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths that is sometimes erroneously called a stem or stalk. Historically, many scientific names were used for leeks, but they are now all treated as cultivars of Allium ampeloprasum. The name 'leek' developed from the Anglo-Saxon word leac. Two closely related vegetables, elephant garlic and kurrat, are also cultivars of A. ampeloprasum, although different in their uses as food. The onion and garlic are also related, being other species of the genus Allium.

Usage examples of "leek".

Never mind, I had an established asparagus bed so I would be able to cut asparagus for our meals, also I could harvest early lettuce, broccoli and radishes, leeks and spring cabbages, winter cauliflower and winter spinach.

Het celibataire leven leek juist daardoor een charisma voor hem, een bijzondere staat van genade.

En diep in haar hart voelde ze nog iets anders, het zeldzame verlangen naar het geloof dat Emilio leek te hebben, het geloof dat er een God bestond die het universum zin gaf.

Others prefer it cooked with leeks and onions, or pickled, and eaten with oil and lemon juice.

Then came venisonboth joints and racks, larded and roastedwith the inevitable accompaniment of frumenty, fritters of forcemeat with chopped onions and garlic, lampreys in a sauce that made the previous hot sauces seem exceedingly mild by comparison, roasted whole breams stuffed with breadcrumbs and chopped mussel, whole capons stewed in broth with leeks and herbs and wine .

By early evening, the central cauldron was full of soup or stew and all available surfaces were covered with brie tart, humble, galantine, and eel pie, haslet for the hunters, leek dishes for the lustful as well as meat laid out ready for the spit and an odd assortment of other viands depending on who was in town for what religious festival.

Hij zweeg en het leek alsof hij in tranen zou uitbarsten, maar hij vermande zich en ging op doelbewuste toon verder.

Het leek hem wat al te opzichtig om zijn baard af te scheren, maar verder probeerde hij zich even koel te gedragen als Beau Bridges.

This singular message was punctually delivered, and Krake, who was as clever as beautiful, soon presented herself, with a fish net wound several times around her graceful form, her sheep dog beside her, and the odor of the leek she had bitten into still hovering over her ruby lips.

And she ate three thick slices of warm manchet bread, their centers hollowed out halfway and swimming with chunks of rabbit and leeks in a thick broth.

Maar terwijl de VaKashani hem gewoonlijk bij zijn naam aanspraken, gebruikten ze ook een verwantschapsterm die hem een oudere broer van Askama leek te maken.

The garden was a model of orderliness, with rows of cauliflowers and winter cabbage, leeks and Brussels sprouts and, under cloches along one wall, neat rows of seedlings.

His wheezing breath, quickened with the exertion of rising from the chair, filled the room with an aroma of stale rum, leeks, and fish.

Wu en Isley wilden niet betrokken raken bij de burgeroorlog die elk moment leek te kunnen uitbreken.

Lady Imeyne knelt at the foot of the bed next to her medicine casket, busy with one of her foul-smelling poultices, and there was another smell in the room, sickish and so strong it overpowered the mustard and leek smell of the poultice.