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broccoli

[brok-uh-lee, brok-lee]
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noun
  1. a form of a cultivated cruciferous plant, Brassica oleracea botrytis, whose leafy stalks and clusters of usually green buds are eaten as a vegetable.
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Compare cauliflower.

Origin of broccoli

1690–1700; < Italian, plural of broccolo, equivalent to brocc(o) sprout (< Late Latin; see broach) + -olo diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • Broccolis sometimes acquire a bitter taste, the cause of which is not known.

    The Cauliflower

    A. A. Crozier

  • They are fully exposed, and not protected by the leaves as most other broccolis are.

  • When broccolis came to England from Italy, they were at first known under the names "sprout-cauliflower," or "Italian asparagus."

    The Cauliflower

    A. A. Crozier

  • London believed that the broccolis, which Miller says first came to England from Italy in 1719, were derived from the cauliflower.

    The Cauliflower

    A. A. Crozier

  • These, and other considerations, make it seem doubtful that our broccolis have originated from our cauliflowers.

    The Cauliflower

    A. A. Crozier


British Dictionary definitions for broccolis

broccoli

noun
  1. a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea italica, having branched greenish flower heads
  2. the flower head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable before the buds have opened
  3. a variety of this plant that does not form a head, whose stalks are eaten as a vegetable
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian, plural of broccolo a little sprout, from brocco sprout, spike; see brocade
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Word Origin and History for broccolis

broccoli

n.

1690s, from Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo "a sprout, cabbage sprout," diminutive of brocco "shoot, protruding tooth, small nail" (see brocade (n.)).

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