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

  • n. A plant (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) in the mustard family, having a thick basal part of the stem that is eaten as a vegetable. Also called turnip cabbage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cultivar of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea, having a turnip-shaped edible stem.


German (partial translation of Italian cavoli rape) : Kohl, cabbage (from Middle High German kōl, from Old High German, from Latin caulis) + Italian rape, pl. of rapa, turnip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the German Kohlrabi, from Kohl ("cabbage") + Italian rape ("turnips"), from cavoli rape, the plural of cavolo rapa (cole rape). (Wiktionary)



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