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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Onion-eyed (Shak.) having the eyes full of tears
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. oignon—L. unio, -onisunus, one.


In literature:

Some even carried onions, garlic, and bird's-eye pepper, growing in pannikins.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Annette took a pair of eyes as big as creamed onion to the cook.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
The sharp-sighted lady cries a little with one eye, and counts the strings of onions, and the rest of the things, with the other.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
He had stopped, and his eyes bulged out like shining little onions as he took in the scene of battle.
"Nomads of the North" by James Oliver Curwood
The little girl daintily picked her way along the foot-path and through a short garden patch planted in onions and black-eyed peas.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
Onions should be held under water while peeling and slicing to avoid smarting of the eyes.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
IV.ii.35 (213,6) onion-ey'd] I have my eyes as full of tears as if they had been fretted by onions.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
The juice of the onions went into their eyes and caused them to water.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
Hold the mouth full of water while peeling onions and the onion juice will not get in the eyes.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Peel and slice onions under water to keep the volatile oil from the eyes.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
You see, I'm going out this afternoon, and onions always make my eyes so red.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
A woman, with a strong face and shrewd, brown eyes, rose from an onion bed she had been weeding to open the gate.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
There were tears in his eyes, all right, for an onion was one of the things that "Wrecker" Lane had brought from home.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Why, ye're hairy as a go-at and yer eyes are loike two white onions.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Bindle did not even raise his eyes from his favourite dish of stewed-steak-and-onions.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
The eyes also were large and prominent, dilated at their base like an onion.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
She always keeps her eyes open as wide as onions, but the instant it flashes she closes them.
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
His eyes looked like two peeled onions.
"The Dispatch Carrier and Memoirs of Andersonville Prison" by William N. Tyler

In news:

(Jan 10, 2008) I open my eyes, smell onion cooking in olive oil and immediately know two things: I am awake and it is Sunday morning.
A headline in the Onion's back-to-school edition caught Jordan Wiklund's eye and made him chuckle.
Rib eye Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onion and Creamy Horseradish .
Rib-eye with caramelized onion marmalade .
0 You can use onions as a sauce for meat, as in this rib-eye with carmelized onion marmalade .
Black-eyed peas with little crunch in the form of minced red onion is a nice foil to the soft pork and beans.
Remove 1/2 cup of the chopped black- eyes peas and to the onion mixture.
2 slices hog jowl bacon, cubed 2 ½ cups peeled and cubed potatoes 1 cup thinly sliced celery 1 onion, chopped 6 cups shredded collard greens 2 cans chicken broth 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 (15 ounce) cans black eyed peas.
These are basically glasses that you put on to protect your eyes while you're cutting onions .
) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 c. In bowl combine peas, tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, green onions and garlic.
Onions may bring tears to most people's eyes, but for supermarkets that merchandise and cross-promote the acidic vegetable aggressively, they can be tears of joy.