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broccoli Syllabification: broc·co·li
Pronunciation: /ˈbräk(ə)lē/

Definition of broccoli in English:


A cabbage of a variety similar to the cauliflower, bearing heads of green or purplish flower buds. It is widely cultivated as a vegetable.
  • There are several kinds of broccoli, in particular those in the “Italica” group
Example sentences
  • The only vegetables to avoid are any of the cole crops, such as cabbage, mustard or broccoli.
  • The vegetable garden is doing quite well, with spuds, broccoli, onions, cabbage and garlic all starting to grow.
  • Plant out winter greens, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, in the vegetable plot.


Mid 17th century: from Italian, plural of broccolo 'cabbage sprout, head', diminutive of brocco 'shoot', based on Latin brocchus, broccus 'projecting'.

Words that rhyme with broccoli

rascally • treacly • tickly
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