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

  Onion \On"ion\, n. [F. ognon, fr. L. unio oneness, unity, a
     single large pearl, an onion. See One, Union.]
     1. (Bot.) A liliaceous plant of the genus Allium ({Allium
        cepa), having a strong-flavored bulb and long hollow
        leaves; also, its bulbous root, much used as an article of
        food. The name is often extended to other species of the
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The flavor of an onion[1].
     Onion fish (Zool.), the grenadier.
     Onion fly (Zool.) a dipterous insect whose larva feeds upon
        the onion; especially, Anthomyia ceparum and Ortalis
     Welsh onion. (Bot.) See Cibol.
     Wild onion (Bot.), a name given to several species of the
        genus Allium.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the bulb of an onion plant
      2: bulbous plant having hollow leaves cultivated worldwide for
         its rounded edible bulb [syn: onion, onion plant, Allium
      3: an aromatic flavorful vegetable

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     The Israelites in the wilderness longed for the "onions and
     garlick of Egypt" (Num. 11:5). This was the _betsel_ of the
     Hebrews, the Allium cepe of botanists, of which it is said that
     there are some thirty or forty species now growing in Palestine.
     The onion is "the 'undivided' leek, _unio_, _unus_, one."

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