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cauliflower

Syllabification: cau·li·flow·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkälēˌflou(ə)r
 
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Definition of cauliflower in English:

noun

1A cabbage of a variety that bears a large immature flower head of small creamy-white flower buds.
Example sentences
  • Among the varieties, there were 15 white cauliflowers, 3 purple cauliflowers, four broccolis, and a collard.
  • Cabbages and cauliflowers have to go from Jubilee Allotment gardens, Kendal, so the Cumbria Education Department can raise a crop of healthy children.
  • Varieties of kale will cross-pollinate, as well as with cabbages and cauliflowers.
1.1The flower head of the cauliflower plant eaten as a vegetable.
Example sentences
  • Shred the vegetables and put cauliflower, beans and carrots in a pot of water, add some salt, take them out after boiling.
  • It is said to counteract flatulence and is often used in the cooking of pulses and other ‘windy’ vegetables such as cauliflower.
  • It came with seasonal vegetables including cauliflower, carrots, new potatoes and sliced courgettes.

Origin

late 16th century: from obsolete French chou fleuri 'flowered cabbage', probably from Italian cavolfiore or modern Latin cauliflora. The original English form colieflorie or cole-flory had its first element influenced by cole; the second element was influenced by flower during the 17th century.

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