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Is there a single word for someone who does not eat onions? I remember having heard this word somewhere but do not remember it now.

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As someone who is allergic to onions, it would be nice if such a word was in common use. –  Zoot Nov 28 '11 at 21:55

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Someone who is alliumphobic has a fear of onions (allium cepa) in general, and certainly wouldn't eat them!

An alliaphage is someone who eats garlic (and, by extension, onions), so if you can negate that in some graceful way (analliaphage?), you'll have a word for someone who doesn't eat onions.

Edit: Per the comments below, I suggest the term non-alliaphage for someone who doesn't eat onions.

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To be pedantic, I wouldn't recommend anyone to expect what you mean by a Latin-Greek behemoth of a neologism. –  David Rivers Nov 28 '11 at 9:50
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@DavidRivers True. There isn't a single word for every concept in the English language, that's why we have sentences. So if we really must crowbar in a single word, it seems we'll have to live with some kind of Latin-Greek behemoth of a neologism. Is there a single word for "Latin-Greek behemoth of a neologism"? :) –  Hugo Nov 28 '11 at 10:07
    
@Hugo Although not a single word, inkhorn term, "words which were being used by scholarly writers but which were unknown or uncommon in ordinary speech" may be relevant. –  jwpat7 Nov 28 '11 at 16:22
    
@DavidRivers: Yes, as I was drifting off to sleep last night, non-alliaphage popped into my head as a less hideous chimera. –  Gnawme Nov 28 '11 at 19:23

Background: The terms "akreophagy" (var. "acreophagy") and "aristophagy" were coined in the 19th century to mean anti-flesh-eating.

http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924091890685#page/n25/mode/2up http://www.caninestyle.co.uk/ordergoldenage/Home/page8.html

Allium is the onion genus; the term "alliaphagy" is attested as a term for a garlic- or bulb-eater:

http://books.google.com/books?q=alliaphagy

In the same way, you can coin a term for an anti-bulb-eating: "analliaphagy". However this suffers from overgeneralization: it can mean an avoidance of any plant in the allium genus. If you do not mind mixing your Greek and Latin roots (which offends the purists but is still commonplace), then use the Latin word "cepa", "onion": "acepaphagy" or "ancepaphagy".

The corresponding terms for a person who does not eat onions, then, are acepaphage or ancepaphage.

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Alliumphobia is the word that you are looking for, but I think alliumphobia describes the phobia in the scent of certain plants including onions.

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Jain Vegetarians do not eat onion and garlic.

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Yeah, but I was looking for a specific English word for this. –  eeerahul Nov 28 '11 at 9:20
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Or any root vegetable, and adhere to a whole bunch of other rules. Not eating onions does not define them. -1 –  Matt Эллен Nov 28 '11 at 18:58

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