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

  • noun A plant (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa) in the mustard family grown for its pungent leaves, which are eaten as a vegetable.

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  • noun slightly bitter dark green leaves and clustered flower buds
  • noun plant grown for its pungent edible leafy shoots

Etymologies

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

[Italian broccoli di rapa : broccoli, pl. diminutive of brocco, sprout, shoot; see broccoli + di, of (from Latin ; see de–) + rapa, turnip; see rape.]

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