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

  • A ruling house of Sardinia (1720-1861) and Italy (1861-1946).
  • A historical region and former duchy of southeast France, western Switzerland, and northwest Italy. The region changed hands many times after its conquest by Julius Caesar and became a duchy in the early 15th century. In 1720 the duke of Savoy gained the title king of Sardinia, and in 1861 the Savoyard Victor Emmanuel II ascended the throne of the newly formed kingdom of Italy. Much of the original territory was ceded to France at the same time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A historical region of western Europe.
  • n. A hardy cabbage with dense, crinkled leaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of the common cabbage (Brassica oleracea major), having curled leaves, -- much cultivated for winter use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of the common cabbage with a compact head and leaves reticulately wrinkled. It is much cultivated for winter use, and has many subvarieties.

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

  • n. a geographical region of historical importance; a former duchy in what is now southwestern France, western Switzerland, and northwestern Italy
  • n. head of soft crinkly leaves

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