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leek the leek is a national emblem of Wales, and is traditionally worn on St David's day (1 March). No clear reason for the association with St David has been identified, although some sources suggest that it derives from a battle in which Welsh forces led by David wore leeks as a badge, and Fluellen in Shakespeare's Henry V explains it as a memorial to a battle fought in France under the Black Prince, in which ‘Welshmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps’.

Proverbial usages refer to it as the type of something worthless (as in ‘not worth a leek’) or allude to its colour (as in ‘green as leeks’).

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leek Allium ampeloprasum; a member of the onion family which has been known as a food for over 4000 years in the Middle East. The lower part is usually blanched by planting in trenches or earthing up, and eaten along with the upper long green leaves. A 125‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin C; a good source of folate; a source of iron; provides 3.1 g of dietary fibre; supplies 30 kcal (125 kJ).

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leek / lēk/ • n. a plant (Allium porrum) of the lily family, closely related to the onion, with flat overlapping leaves forming an elongated cylindrical bulb that together with the leaf bases is eaten as a vegetable.

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leek Biennial plant related to the onion; it originated in the Mediterranean region, and is cultivated widely for culinary purposes. Family Liliaceae, species Allium porrum.

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leek OE. lēac, corr. to MDu. looc (Du. look), OHG. louh (G. lauch), ON. laukr :- Gmc. *laukaz *-am, of which no cogns. are known outside Gmc.

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leek: see onion.

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