Definition of colcannon in English:


Syllabification: col·can·non
Pronunciation: /kälˈkanən


  • An Irish and Scottish dish of cabbage and potatoes boiled and pounded.
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    • I like places where you can dine on things like Arbroath smokies with eggs and colcannon [mashed potato with cabbage].
    • A dish called colcannon, made from cabbage, potatoes, and milk, was traditionally served on Halloween with a ring, coin, thimble, and button inserted into it.
    • Afterwards the guests were treated to traditional bacon, cabbage and colcannon while All Ireland Champion accordionist Teddy Barry played traditional Irish and Scottish airs.


late 18th century: from cole; the origin of the second element is uncertain but it is said that cannonballs were used to pound such vegetables as spinach.

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