LEEK. n.s. [leac, Saxon; loock, Dutch; leechk, Erse.]
Its flower consists of six pedals, and is shaped, as it were,
like a bell; in the center arises the pointal, which after-
ward becomes a roundish fruit, divided into three cells, which
contain roundish seeds: to these notes may be added, the sta-
mina are generally broad and flat, ending in three capilla-
ments, of which the middle one is furnished with a chive;
the flowers are also gathered into almost globular bunches:
the roots are long, cylindrical, and coated, the coats ending
in plain leaves. Miller.
Know’st thou Fluellen? – Yes.
–Tell him I’ll knock his leek about his pate,
Upon St. David’s day. Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Leek to the Welsh, to Dutchmen butter’s dear. Gay.
We use acrid plants inwardly and outwardly in gangreens;
in the scurvy, water-cresses, horse-radish, garlick or leek
pottage. Floyer on Humours.