Definition of colcannon in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒlˈkanən/


[mass noun]
An Irish and Scottish dish of cabbage and potatoes boiled and mashed together.
Example sentences
  • 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 mash such vegetables as spinach.

Words that rhyme with colcannon

Buchanan, cannon, canon, Louisianan, Montanan, Rhiannon, Shannon

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