broccoli


noun

  1. a form of a cultivated cruciferous plant, Brassica oleracea botrytis, whose leafy stalks and clusters of usually green buds are eaten as a vegetable.

noun

  1. a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea italica, having branched greenish flower heads
  2. the flower head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable before the buds have opened
  3. a variety of this plant that does not form a head, whose stalks are eaten as a vegetable
n.

1690s, from Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo “a sprout, cabbage sprout,” diminutive of brocco “shoot, protruding tooth, small nail” (see brocade (n.)).

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