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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gar"lic
  1. [Bot] A plant of the genus Allium A. sativum is the cultivated variety), having a bulbous root, a very strong smell, and an acrid, pungent taste. Each root is composed of several lesser bulbs, called cloves of garlic, inclosed in a common membranous coat, and easily separable.
  2. A kind of jig or farce.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. garlek, AS. gārleác; gar spear, lance + leác leek. See Gar (n.), and Leek

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  1. Aromatic bulb used as seasoning
  2. Bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves

From Middle English garlik, garleek, garlek, garlec, from Old English gārlēac (“garlic”, literally “spear-leek”), from gār (“spear”, in reference to the cloves) + lēac (“leek”). Cognate with Scots garlek, garleke, garlik (“garlic”).

  1. A plant, Allium sativum, related to the onion, having a pungent bulb much used in cooking.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Garlic U.S.
  White 53.50% 64.26%
  African American 35.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Garlic

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Fun Facts about the name Garlic

  • How Popular is the name Garlic? As a last name Garlic was the 78,567th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Garlic first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Garlic is Tuesday, April 21st, 1896.
  • How unique is the name Garlic? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Garlic. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Garlic: Your name in reverse order is Cilrag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lcgair. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Garlic? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 243 people with the last name Garlic.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Garlic? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Garlic as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.