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

  • n. A vegetable plant (Brassica rapa) related to the turnip and grown for its pungent leafy shoots. Also called rapini.

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  • n. slightly bitter dark green leaves and clustered flower buds
  • n. plant grown for its pungent edible leafy shoots

Etymologies

Italian broccoli di rapa : broccoli, pl. diminutive of brocco, sprout, shoot; see broccoli + di, of (from Latin ; see de-) + rapa, turnip; see rape2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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