from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See kale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant of the genus Brassica; now specifically, a Brassica plant without a head used for food, such as kale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variety of cabbage in which the leaves never form a compact head.
- n. Any white cabbage before the head has become firm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common cultivated cabbage, Brassica oleracea.
- n. A young cabbage cut before the head is formed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head
The original of all the cabbage tribe is the wild plant sea-colewort, which is to be found wasting whatever sweetness it may have on the desert air, on many of the cliffs of the south coast of England.
In the meanwhile, Catherine continued to place upon the table the slender preparations for the meal of a recluse, which consisted almost entirely of colewort, boiled and served up in a wooden platter, having no better seasoning than a little salt, and no better accompaniment than some coarse barley-bread, in very moderate quantity.
“I could be sorry for these men,” he said, “ay, and for that poor Queen, but what avail earthly sorrows to a man of fourscore? — and it is a rare dropping morning for the early colewort.”
For if it be said that there is enmity between the vine and colewort, because when planted near each other they do not thrive, the reason is obvious — that both of these plants are succulent and exhaust the ground, and thus one robs the other.
The aid of a Highland leech was procured, who probed the wound with a probe made out of a castock; i.e., the stalk of a colewort or cabbage.
Milnwood, placed on the table an immense charger of broth, thickened with oatmeal and colewort, in which ocean of liquid was indistinctly discovered, by close observers, two or three short ribs of lean mutton sailing to and fro.
Close to the waterside a footpath led off downstream, and beside it the abbey's gardens lay neatly arrayed all along the rich plain, and three or four brothers were pricking out plants of cabbage and colewort.
All the varieties of the colewort tribe, including cabbage, cauliflower, brussels-sprouts, broccoli, and curly greens, have been celebrated from very ancient times for their curative virtues in pulmonary complaints.
In these beds, along with the tobacco, they generally sow kale, colewort, and cabbage seed, &c., at the same time.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
For the space also of six hundred years the colewort only was
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