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cavolo nero Syllabification: cav·o·lo ne·ro
Pronunciation: /ˈkävəˌlō ˈne(ə)rō/

Definition of cavolo nero in English:


An Italian variety of kale with very dark-colored leaves.
Example sentences
  • You could use cavolo nero, Swiss chard, kale, sprout tops, spring greens or Savoy cabbage, listed in my order of preference.
  • She purées cavolo nero, a greenish-black kale, for a sauce that clings to gritty artisanal bucatini, and tops the dish with crunchy sautéed bread crumbs (a signature touch).
  • Spinach, cavolo nero and kale also like the company of sunblush tomatoes, especially if there is some garlic in there too.


Italian, from cavolo 'cabbage' + nero 'black'.

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