Middle English Dictionary Entry

lẹ̄k n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) A leek (Allium porrum); unsette ~, a leek not yet transplanted; (b) garlic (Allium sativum); also, one of a group of sharp-tasting herbs; ~ man, a dealer in potherbs; (c) in phrases: grene (cold, lene, lithi, leued) as a ~; dere inouh (on) a ~, dear at any price [see inouh adv. (b)]; of a ~, to the value of a leek; setten (rekken) a ~, care a straw; worth a ~, of any value at all; not worth a ~, of no value; also, incompetently, to no effect; (d) in cpds. & combs.: ~ bed; lek(es blade [cp. OE lēac-blæd], a leaf of a leek; lekes clof, a clove of garlic; ~ fas, one of the white rootlets of a leek; lek(es hed, the white part of a leek; ~ led, a pot for boiling leeks; ~ lef; ~ potage, leek soup, leek pottage; ~ sed; ~ wort, a leek or other potherb.
2.
In surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.18].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)[ref here] : Som metes causen..rede colre, os crescis, seneuey, likes, oynons, and garlik.
Note: New spelling (pl.) = likes.