Definition of pe tsai in English:

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pe tsai

Pronunciation: /ˌpā ˈtsī/

noun

Chinese cabbage of a pale variety that resembles lettuce.
Example sentences
  • The pe-tsai of the Chinese is an annual, apparently intermediate between cabbage and the turnip but with much thinner leaves than the former.
  • A member of the brassica family, this cabbage is also known as Napa, celery cabbage, pe-tsai, hakusai, wong bok, and Peking cabbage.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) báicài, literally 'white vegetable'.

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Syllabification: pe tsai

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