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

  • n. See rape2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of cabbage (Brassica oleracea), cultivated for its seeds, which yield an oil, valued for illuminating and lubricating purposes.
  • n. some other cole varieties

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of cabbage (Brassica oleracea), cultivated for its seeds, which yield an oil valued for illuminating and lubricating purposes; summer rape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The coleseed or rape, a variety of Brassica campestris with very oily seeds. See rape.

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

  • n. Eurasian plant cultivated for its seed and as a forage crop


French, from Dutch koolzaad : kool, cabbage (from Middle Dutch cōle, from Latin caulis) + zaad, seed (from Middle Dutch saet; see sē- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch koolzaad, also (literally) 'cabbage seed', from Middle Dutch coolsaet. (Wiktionary)


  • Oleaginous crops such as rapeseed, also known as colza, are a favoured source in the northern hemisphere.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In fact, rural bees and their honeys have suffered in recent years, because of predator insects, pesticides, and industrial agriculture that can sow a single crop like colza as far as the eye can see — or, more important, as far as the bee can fly.

    Pollen Nation

  • The first generation of green fuels - biodiesel and ethanol - are made from wheat, maize, colza, sugar beet etc, also used for human and animal feed.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He was saturated in colza oil, and the smashed tin lay beside him, but luckily the flame had been extinguished by his fall.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • At a quarter to two he had been seen running down the Euston Road towards Baker Street, flourishing a can of burning colza oil and jerking splashes of flame therefrom at the windows of the houses he passed.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Here it is the vine, elsewhere the apple tree for cider, there colza, farther on cheeses and flax.

    Madame Bovary

  • A fresh breeze was blowing; the rye and colza were sprouting, little dewdrops trembled at the roadsides and on the hawthorn hedges.

    Madame Bovary

  • The older, her bezique cards and counters, her Skye terrier, her suppositious wealth, her lapses of responsiveness and incipient catarrhal deafness: the younger, her lamp of colza oil before the statue of the Immaculate Conception, her green and maroon brushes for Charles Stewart Parnell and for Michael Davitt, her tissue papers.


  • With a hydraulic press having a piston O. 27 of a meter in diameter, it permits of effecting in ten minutes the extraction of the oil from 25 kilogrammes of colza seeds.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882

  • Oil of colza and tallow are extinguished, where naphtha, petroleum, and oil of bone, continue burning.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 289, December 22, 1827


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  • From Dutch "koolzaad" (cabbage seed).
    Edit: oops. I forgot Wordnik has an etymology tab.

    November 25, 2010

  • Perhaps better known as rapeseed; coleseed - not so common.

    November 25, 2010