• 42. Onion Fly and Maggot. 43. Larva of Beetle
    42. Onion Fly and Maggot. 43. Larva of Beetle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n onion an aromatic flavorful vegetable
    • n onion bulbous plant having hollow leaves cultivated worldwide for its rounded edible bulb
    • n onion the bulb of an onion plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged. They all taste sweet
    • Onion (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 genus.
    • Onion The flavor of an onion{1}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears
    • n onion An esculent plant, Allium Cepa (see Allium), especially its bulbous root, the part chiefly used as food. It is a biennial herbaceous plant with long tubulated leaves, and a swelling pithy stalk. The bulb is composed of closely concentric coats (tunicated), and, with situation and race, varies much in size, in color, which runs from dark-red to white, and in the degree of the characteristic pungency, which is greater in the small red onions than in the larger kinds. The raw onion has the properties of a stimulant, rubefacient, etc., and is whole-some in small quantities. These properties and its pungency depend upon an acrid volatile oil which is expelled by boiling. The native country of the onion is unknown. It has been in use from the days of ancient Egypt, and is said to be more widely grown for culinary purposes than almost any other plant. It endures tropical heat and the coolest temperate climate. Its varieties are very numerous. The onions of Italy, Spain, Mexico, California, and the Bermudas are specially noted for size and quality.
    • onion To affect by or with onions: To flavor with onions.
    • onion To rub with onion; produce by the presence of onion, as tears.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eating parsley after eating an onion can help in getting rid of onion breath
    • n Onion un′yun the name given to a few species of genus Allium, esp. Allium cepa, an edible biennial bulbous root
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.”


Know your onions - If someone is very well-informed about something, they know their onions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ognon, fr. L. unio, oneness, unity, a single large pearl, an onion. See One Union
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. oignon—L. unio, -onisunus, one.


In literature:

Take out the pancakes and fry the onions in the pan!
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
There ought to be a law against any person eating onions, unless he is under a death sentence.
"Peck's Bad Boy Abroad" by George W. Peck
He liked fried onions, potato soup, and cider, better than anything else in the world.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
Boil six onions in water till tender, strain, and cut them in slices.
"A Poetical Cook-Book" by Maria J. Moss
Onions are always used in making curry, but do not let this discourage any one who does not like onions.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
A very early designation of the sea-onion.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But this discovery of the super-eminence of the onion-peeler in the matter of freedom from taxation instantly riveted attention.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 5th, 1914" by Various
While cooking add a few drops of onion juice.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
Boil the onion with the cream and strain the onion out.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
When cooked with onions, parsley, and red pepper in proper proportions they make a very delicious dish.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris

In poetry:

There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
Who never had more than a penny;
He spent all that money,
In onions and honey,
That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Kilkenny" by Edward Lear
'Now we have proved that we are true
To our opinions,
My garlic I'll give up if you
Give up your onions.'
And so next day with honey sips
How sweet her lips!
"The Battle" by Robert W Service
Those joyous beans are passed away;
Those onions blithe, O where are they?
Once loved, lost, mourned—now vexing ILLS
Your shades troop back in annual bills!
"Those Annual Bills" by Mark Twain
Films have rolled on by the million
In the Ghost Train film Sal played the Station
But the leading man, he had an onion for tea
So they called it ‘The Breath of a Nation’.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
"That's true enough," said he, "yet stay - "
I listened in all meekness -
"UNION is strength, I'm bound to say;
In fact, the thing's as clear as day;
But ONIONS are a weakness."
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
All seemed the same: the martin-box--
Sun-warped with pigmy balconies--
Still stood with all its twittering flocks,
Perched on its pole above the peas
And silvery-seeded onion-stocks.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

1 lb lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 4 to 5 cups cabbage , chopped 1 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes 1 15 1/2 oz can chili without beans.
Cook beef at fairly high heat and brown onion in it.
1 pkg chicken flavored ramen noodles 1/2 Cup vegetable oil 3 TBSP rice vinegar 2 TBSP sugar Ground Pepper to taste 1 pkg cole slaw mix 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 cup cooked chicken, cut up.
Light, nutty millet combines beautifully with the sweet, tender cabbage and onions in this kugel.
2 sweet onions, sliced about 1/4-inch thick.
Spanish onions, diced 1 oz.
1 small onion thinly sliced.
While raw onions are crunchy with a strong, pungent flavor, caramelized onions are soft, sweet and subtle.
Garnish with cashews and sliced green onions.
Cut up asparagus, mushrooms, onion, and sweet pepper.
Marc-Damian Hartley of How's My Onion shows how to spice up pasta alfredo with some chicken.
Potato salad with celery and red onion.
2 extra large onions, peeled, cut in half and sliced into 1/4 slices ( or 3 large onions).
1 yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced 2 celery ribs, sliced 1 Tbsp.
Toast, Egg and Onions: Soup's On.

In science:

Suppose that al l length are the same ℓn = ℓ in the necklace/onion decoration model Example 4.5 (iii) with branching number b ≥ 1 and edge decoration number p ≥ 2.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Assume that the single site perturbation of the necklace or onion model (with p ≥ 2 loop edges) of Example 4.5 (iii) (see also Figure 4 (iii)) with branching number b ≥ 1 has an absolutely continuous distribution with bounded density dP1 (ℓ) = η (ℓ) dℓ and support in Ω1 := [0, ℓ+ ].
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
We used the classical “onion-peeling ” method for deprojection.
Every BCG with a strong radio AGN has an X-ray cool core: is the cool core - noncool core dichotomy too simple?
You’d like each slice of onion to be equally browned on both sides.
Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?
Because hub nodes are the preferable nodes to link together, the obtained network is hierarchical: i.e., the obtained network is onion-structure [25, 26] or compact.
A simple model clarifies the complicated relationships of complex networks