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EnglishEdit

 
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Onions.
 
A sliced onion.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English onyon, union, oinyon, borrowed from Anglo-Norman union et al. and Old French oignon, from Latin ūniōnem, accusative of ūniō (onion, large pearl), which had also been borrowed into Old English as ynne, ynnelēac (onion). Displaced the inherited term ramsons.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

onion (plural onions)

  1. A monocotyledonous plant (Allium cepa), allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.
  2. The bulb of such a plant.
  3. (uncountable) The genus as a whole.
  4. (obsolete baseball slang) A ball.
  5. (colloquial, chiefly archaic) A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.

SynonymsEdit

  • (vegetable): violet (UK dialect)

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WelshEdit

NounEdit

onion m (singulative onionyn)

  1. Alternative form of wynwyn (onion)

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
onion unchanged unchanged honion
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • Angharad Fychan and Ann Parry Owen, editors (2014), “wynwyn, wnion, winion, winiwn, &c.”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies