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
- 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'.
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