from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The name of a city and a county in California, applied to a product and a process of leather-manufacture.

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

  • noun A plant (Brassica rapa pekinensis) with an elongated celerylike head of broadstalked leaves used as a vegetable in east Asia; called also Chinese cabbage.

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

  • noun plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery; used as a vegetable in east Asia


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