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Leek. n.s. [leac, Saxon; loock, Dutch; leechk, Erse.]

Its flower consists of six pedals, and is shaped, as it were, like a bell; in the center arises the pointal, which afterward becomes a roundish fruit, divided into three cells, which contain roundish seeds: to these notes may be added, the stamina are generally broad and flat, ending in three capillaments, of which the middle one is furnished with a chive; the flowers are also gathered into almost globular branches: the roots are long, cylindrical, and coated, the coats ending in plain leaves. Miller.

Know'st thou Fluellen? — Yes.
— Tell him I'll knock his leek about his pate,
Upon St. David's day.
Shakespeare's Henry V.

Leek to the Welsh, to Dutchmen butter's dear. Gay.

We use acrid plants inwardly and outwardly in gangreens; in the scurvy, water-cresses, horse-radish, garlick, or leek pottage. Floyer on Humours.

Sources: Floyer, John (18) · Gay, John (51) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Miller, Philip (58)

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