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

  • n. See kale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cabbage.
  • n. Brassica; a plant of the Brassica genus, especially those of Brassica oleracea (rape and coleseed).
  • n. A stack or stook of hay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the Brassica or Cabbage genus; esp. that form of Brassica oleracea called rape and coleseed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete spelling of coal.
  • n. The general name of all sorts of cabbage or plants of the genus Brassica: chiefly used in its compounds, cole-rape, cole-seed, colewort, etc. Also cale and kale.
  • n. The head.
  • n. One of the small conical heaps in which hay is usually thrown up in the field after being cut; a haycock.
  • n. Treachery; deceit; falsehood; stratagem.

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

  • n. coarse curly-leafed cabbage
  • n. a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head


Middle English col, from Old English cāl, from Latin caulis, cabbage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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