Onion. n.s. [oignon, French.]
It hath an orbicular, coated, bulbous root; the leaves are hollow or pip; the stalk also hollow and swells out in the middle; the flowers consisting of six leaves are collected into a spherical head; the style of the flower becomes a roundish fruit divided into three cells, containing roundish seeds. Mill.
If the boy have not a woman's gift
To rain a shower of commanded tears,
An onion will do well. Sha. Taming of the Shrew.
I an ass, am onion-ey'd. Sha. Ant. and Cleopatra.
This is ev'ry cook's opinion,
No sav'ry dish without an onion:
But lest your kissing should be spoil'd,
Your onions must be throughly boil'd. Swift.