American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Chinese cabbage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of a city and a county in California, applied to a product and a process of leather-manufacture.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A plant (Brassica rapa pekinensis) with an elongated celerylike head of broadstalked leaves used as a vegetable in east Asia; called also
- n. plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery; used as a vegetable in east Asia
- Probably Japanese nappa, greens. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Apparently the "napa" (also "nappa") is a borrowed usage from Japanese, but I found no etymological data to support this.”
“These supplies would include such things as: decorative ribbons, wreaths, decorations, "cola de rata" (rat's tail, a type of colored ribbon) in various colors, silicone, Santa and Mrs. Claus faces, and "napa" (stuffing for the dolls).”
“Meanwhile Asian vegetables such as napa cabbage and Asian eggplant are becoming an integral part of the American diet, according to a new report in the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) HortTechnology online journal.”
“Pulled pork, vinegary sauce, napa cabbage, and caramelized sweet onions.”
“Lee Pan-nan smiles as she carries subsidized napa cabbages she bought after waiting in line for about four hours at the Shinyoung market in Seoul.”
“SEOUL — An unusually long stretch of rain sharply reduced harvests of napa cabbage and other produce in South Korea during the past two months, leading to a surge in food prices that helped push the inflation rate to a 17-month high in September.”
“It's also resulted in a minicrisis in South Korea's staple condiment kimchi, which is most commonly made from seasoned, fermented napa cabbage.”
“President Lee Myung-bak announced that, until the shortage eases, he would stop eating kimchi made from napa cabbage, which has an elongated head and is also known as celery cabbage or Chinese cabbage.”
“A 2. 5-kilogram head of napa cabbage cost 11,500 won ($10.09) in South Korean grocery stores this week, up from about 4,000 won two weeks ago and 2,500 won a month ago.”
“More and more farmers realize Asian produce can be grown here," including napa cabbage, yu choy and Asian pears, Mr. Wong said.”
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