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kale

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Pronunciation: /keɪl
 
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(also kail)

Definition of kale in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A hardy cabbage of a variety which produces erect stems with large leaves and no compact head. See also curly kale.
Example sentences
  • Some vegetables in this category include cabbage, collards, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens, turnips and radishes.
  • These include: sweet peas, French beans, runner beans, endive, kale, red cabbage, and ruby chard.
  • Besides milk and milk products, excellent sources of calcium include calcium-fortified orange juice, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale and bok choy.
2North American informal , dated Money.

Origin

Middle English: northern English form of cole.

More
  • cauliflower from (late 16th century):

    Cauliflower is a modified form of the Italian cavoli fiori, literally ‘cabbage flowers’—cavoli comes from Latin caulis ‘cabbage’, the source also of kale (Middle English). The original 16th-century English forms colieflorie and cole-flory had their first element influenced by the cole (Old English) ‘cabbage’, and only later was the spelling changed to match the original Latin root.

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