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[kol-erd] /ˈkɒl ərd/
a variety of kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, grown in the southern U.S., having a rosette of green leaves.
collards, Also called collard greens. the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of collard
1745-55; variant of colewort, with assimilation of -wort to -ard Unabridged
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  • The first dressing should be of collard leaves, prepared thus.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • The room was furnished like an English drawing-room, even to the collard and collard piano.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The most closely allied form now in cultivation is the collard.

  • He had fired at collard with the object of facilitating his escape.

    Remarkable Rogues

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  • The boy whom Sergeant collard had seen climbing the pipe must have been making for this study.

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  • What were instruments of great compass from Broadwood or collard?

    A Little World George Manville Fenn
  • He was as fresh as a collard and as ingenuous as a hay rake.

  • Do you know that it is suggested that a statue be raised in collard's honor?

British Dictionary definitions for collard


a variety of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, having a crown of edible leaves See also kale1
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C18: variant of colewort
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Word Origin and History for collard

1755, American English, corruption of colewort (Middle English) "cabbage," later especially "kale, greens;" first element related to the cole in coleslaw; for second element, see wort.

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