Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plant (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis) in the mustard family, having a loose head of dark green leaves with thick white stems and eaten as a vegetable in eastern Asian cuisine.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Cantonese baak6 coi3, from Middle Chinese pɦaʽjk tshaj` (also the source of Mandarin báicài) : pɦaʽjk, white + tshaj`, vegetable.]

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From Cantonese 白菜 (baak6 coi3, "white vegetable").

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