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 for leek
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.)
     Allium+({Allium+Porrum">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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Wild+leek,+in+America,+a+plant+({Allium+tricoccum">Wild leek, in America, a plant ({Allium tricoccum) with a
        cluster of ovoid bulbs and large oblong elliptical leaves.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. hatsir; the Allium porrum), rendered "grass" in 1 Kings
     18:5, 2 Kings 19:26, Job 40:15, etc.; "herb" in Job 8:12; "hay"
     in Prov. 27:25, and Isa. 15:6; "leeks" only in Num. 11:5. This
     Hebrew word seems to denote in this last passage simply herbs,
     such as lettuce or savoury herbs cooked as kitchen vegetables,
     and not necessarily what are now called leeks. The leek was a
     favourite vegetable in Egypt, and is still largely cultivated
     there and in Palestine.

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