from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A patch of ground where cabbages are grown.


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  • And out of the cabbage-patch, freshly planted, in the lee of the wooden cabin, rose a small, square man in a brown sackcloth gown hoisted to the knees, thick brown legs sturdy under him, and a thicket of curly brown hair and beard half-concealing a brown, broad, wondering face round two large, dark-blue eyes.

    A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • All at once the sound ceased, a shadow was cast upon them, and before they could realize the situation a strange, uncouth object glided from behind them over the plantains, and came to rest in the centre of the cabbage-patch.

    Round the World in Seven Days

  • Herr Schwankmacher raised himself on his elbow, and looked around for the insect that had dared to intrude into this peaceful cabbage-patch.

    Round the World in Seven Days

  • On the whole the thing was on a far higher ethical plane than the methods employed by the Fenians, as well as more widespread, and the thing was far and away more dignified than poor Smith O'Brien's rising, which ended, as it began, in a humble cabbage-patch.

    Six days of the Irish Republic A Narrative and Critical Account of the Latest Phase of Irish Politics

  • You have only to watch the unhandy way in which the Greek peasant and what Homer called his 'foot-trailing' oxen work their Virgilian plough through the recesses of a field no bigger than a cabbage-patch, and well stocked with olive-trees besides, to realize how truly in this kind of farming the ox is in place of a house-slave to a poor man.

    The Unity of Civilization

  • Uncle Nathan followed her example, but more slowly, and the cotton handkerchief of many colors that his sister had tied on her head, disappeared over the back garden-fence before he had half crossed the cabbage-patch.

    The Old Homestead

  • But I was away, striding over the cabbage-patch and climbing the worm-fence that shut in the estate of Hiram.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 31, October, 1873

  • When Spot scurried into the cabbage-patch a little later Henrietta Hen called to him.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen

  • And he knew, too, without being told, that he was in the cabbage-patch.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole

  • His work was half done, and he was under the cabbage-patch, when he found himself in the open air.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole


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