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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Brassica of the mustard family, including cabbage, broccoli, and turnip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many plants of the genus Brassica, including cabbage, mustard and rapes

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of cruciferous plants, including more than a hundred species, all of which are natives of Europe and northern Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mustards: cabbages; cauliflowers; turnips; etc.


New Latin Brassica, genus name, from Latin brassica, cabbage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin brassica (Wiktionary)



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  • While brassica as such only entered English in 1832, I discover to my surprise that a work of about 1420 used it in the form brassik. At that time presumably it could only have meant "cabbage" because none of the other forms existed.

    March 21, 2009

  • Sounds like one of those Hollywood couple blendings.

    January 8, 2009

  • “The dish turned out fine, but I had unknowingly and luckily avoided producing a rotten egg stink. Brussels sprouts — and other vegetables of the Brassica family, including cabbage — release hydrogen sulfide as they cook, particularly when boiled for too long.�?

    The New York Times, At the Stove, a Dash of Science, a Pinch of Folklore, by Kenneth Chang, January 5, 2009

    January 8, 2009