Definitions

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

  • n. An herb (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) in the mustard family, related to the cabbage and broccoli and having a whitish undeveloped flower with a large edible head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An annual variety of Brassica oleracea, or cabbage, of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.
  • n. The edible head or “curd” of a cauliflower plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An annual variety of Brassica oleracea, or cabbage, of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.
  • n. The edible head or “curd” of a cauliflower plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garden variety of Brassica oleracea, or cabbage, the inflorescence of which is condensed while young into a depressed fleshy head, which is highly esteemed as a vegetable.
  • n. A cloud (especially a volcanic cloud) having the form of a cauliflower.

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

  • n. a plant having a large edible head of crowded white flower buds
  • n. compact head of white undeveloped flowers

Etymologies

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

Probably alteration (influenced by flower) of New Latin cauliflōra : Latin caulis, stem + Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see flower.

Examples

  • It's also where I learned the expression "cauliflower ears," which refers to the appearance of one's ears, my teacher's in particular, after they've been pummeled for several decades in succession.

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  • In fact, we like this best at room temperature, which has an added benefit: if you wait until the cauliflower is cool to sprinkle the bread crumbs on top, they'll stay good and crisp!

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  • When the cauliflower is tender-crisp, turn off the heat and add the remaining cilantro and the yogurt, and toss.

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  • Stir in the chopped cauliflower, rosemary, and Aleppo pepper, and cook over medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and starts to caramelize.

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  • Make the Spiced Breadcrumbs: While the cauliflower is cooking, puree together the garlic, Aleppo pepper, and anchovies (if using).

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  • When the cauliflower is done, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. dukkah and stir to evenly distribute.

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  • Cook for 5 mins so the cauliflower is coated with oil.

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  • Add stock and water, bring to a boil, and then simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is tender.

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  • In Hindi, cauliflower is sometimes called just "gobi" or then called "fulgobi" (ful = flower) to distinguish it from "patta-gobi" or cabbage (patta = leaf).

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  • Add 3 cups cauliflower florets (about half a medium head of cauliflower) and saute for 5-8 minutes until the cauliflower is just starting to brown and become tender (it does not need to cook completely as it will be baked again).

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  • "Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education."

    Mark Twain

    November 2, 2008

  • HA HA HA!!!

    November 1, 2008

  • Art thou mad, said Friar John, to run on at this rate? Help, here, in the name of five hundred thousand millions of cartloads of devils, help! may a shanker gnaw thy moustachios, and the three rows of pock-royals and cauliflowers cover thy bum and turd-barrel instead of breeches and codpiece. Codsooks, our ship is almost overset.

    - Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk 4, ch. XXI, tr. Le Motteux

    November 1, 2008

  • “I was leaping off the rope, and Yukon Eric, who had a cauliflower ear, moved at the last second,�? Kowalski told The Chicago Tribune in 1989. “I thought I missed, but all of a sudden, something went rolling across the ring. It was his ear.�?

    The New York Times, Killer Kowalski, Wrestler, Dies at 81, by Richard Goldstein, August 31, 2008

    September 1, 2008

  • Interesting site, ptero!

    April 11, 2008

  • See this map for American pronunciation.

    April 10, 2008