Definitions

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

  • n. An Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage, seasoned with butter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and kale, with scallions, butter, salt and pepper added.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as calecannon.

Etymologies

Irish Gaelic cál ceannan : cál, cabbage (from Old Irish, from Latin caulis) + ceannan, white-headed (ceann, head from Old Irish cenn + fionn, white from Old Irish find; see weid- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Bread in Galveston, helps prepare a traditional Irish dish called colcannon, which is made with mashed potatoes, kale, cabbage, onions and ham.

    The Daily News - News

  • Amanda Lyssy, with Christus Our Daily Bread in Galveston, helps prepare a traditional Irish dish called colcannon, which is made with mashed potatoes, kale, cabbage, onions and ham.

    The Daily News - News

  • Preferably along with colcannon, which is yesterday's leftover boiled potatoes mashed with green onions and milk (or yogurt), topped with plenty of good butter.

    Balloon Juice

  • .. on Halloween in Ireland, the traditional dish called colcannon is made with mashed potatoes and kale?

    Neil Zevnik: Forget The Gold -- Go For The Greens!

  • Stop by the O'Donnel house Thursday and you'll be welcomed with a steaming hot bowl of colcannon, a classic Irish side dish of mashed potatoes flavored with cabbage or its cruciferous cousin, kale.

    Family Kitchen: Wearin' of the green, eatin' of the colcannon

  • In the evenings, after Mrs. Docherty had cooked us a typically Irish supper like boiled ham and colcannon, or fish with parsley sauce and potatoes, the tables were cleared and there was a sing-song in the lounge.

    The Woman I Was Born to Be

  • There's a huge family party, and our part in it is making the colcannon.

    Happy St. Pat's!

  • I am not a math person, but even I know that's a whole bunch of colcannon!

    Happy St. Pat's!

  • Now when I'm talking colcannon, I'm not talking about a bowl of the stuff.

    Happy St. Pat's!

  • I was thinking about colcannon yesterday - it's been snowy and cold here, too, and I'm still craving comfort food ... so!

    Potato, Cabbage & Rapini Colcannon ◄ | A Veggie Venture

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  • Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannan - white head) is a food made from mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, butter, salt, and pepper. It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions, chives, garlic, boiled ham or Irish bacon. At one time it was a cheap, year-round staple food.

    An old Irish Halloween tradition was to serve colcannon with prizes of small coins concealed in it, as the English do with Christmas pudding. This is still done today and small amounts of money are placed in the potato.

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