Definition of cole in English:

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cole

Pronunciation: /kōl/

noun

chiefly archaic
A brassica, especially cabbage, kale, or rape.
Example sentences
  • The only vegetables to avoid are any of the cole crops, such as cabbage, mustard or broccoli.
  • Start and end the gardening season with cold-hardy vegetables that tolerate frost, such as peas, lettuce, cole crops, beets, and chard.
  • In general, you can fertilize transplanted vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, head lettuce, and cole crops) and corn about 3 to 4 weeks after planting.

Origin

Old English cāwel, caul, related to Dutch kool and German Kohl, from Latin caulis 'stem, cabbage'; reinforced in Middle English by forms from Old Norse kál. Compare with kale.

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  • 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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Syllabification: cole

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