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

  • n. A Chinese vegetable (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis) in the mustard family, having a loose head of dark green leaves with thick white stems. Also called celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage.

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  • n. Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa chinensis, an East Asian leafy vegetable related to the Western cabbage.

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

  • n. Asiatic plant grown for its cluster of edible white stalks with dark green leaves
  • n. elongated head of dark green leaves on thick white stalks


Chinese (Cantonese) paāk ts'oì, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) báicài : bái, white + cài, vegetable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cantonese 白菜 (baak6 coi3, "white vegetable"). (Wiktionary)


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