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kale

or kail

[keyl] /keɪl/
noun
1.
Also called borecole. a cabbagelike cultivated plant, Brassica oleracea acephala, of the mustard family, having curled or wrinkled leaves: used as a vegetable.
2.
Scot. cabbage.
3.
Slang. money.
Origin of kale
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole
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  • "Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Groping about they pull up first stalk of kale or head of cabbage.

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • "Pullin' down the kale by the double handsful, mind you," says Hunk.

  • And a husband with kale—that's what a girl like you really wants.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • But the girls that look out for the kale, that never asked, 'What?'

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    Arthur Somers Roche
British Dictionary definitions for kale

kale1

/keɪl/
noun
1.
a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, with crinkled leaves: used as a potherb See also collard
2.
(Scot) a cabbage
3.
(US, slang) money
Compare (for senses 1, 2) sea kale
Word Origin
Old English cāl; see cole

kale2

/keɪl/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a queue
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Word Origin and History for kale
n.

also kail, c.1300, alternative form of cawul (c.1200), surviving in this spelling after Middle English as a Scottish variant of cole "cabbage" (see cole-slaw). Slang meaning "money" is from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kale

kale

noun

Money; the GREEN STUFF: trite slangisms, among 'em kale, dough, mazuma, etc (1902+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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