from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of Brassica oleracea, a cabbage with curled or wrinkled leaves which have no tendency to form into a hard head. It is valued chiefly for winter use.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A brassicaceous plant of many varieties, cultivated for its leaves, which are not formed into a compact head like the cabbage, but are loose, and are generally curled or wrinkled; kale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a form of the kale plant, Brassica oleracea acephala, used as the vegetable spring greens (UK) / collard greens (US)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch boerenkool : boer, farmer, peasant; see boor + kool, cabbage (from Middle Dutch cōle, from Latin caulis, stalk).]


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