bok choy

[ bok choi ]
/ ˈbɒk ˈtʃɔɪ /


an Asian plant, Brassica rapa chinensis, of the mustard family, having a loose cluster of edible, dark-green leaves on white stalks.
the leaves and stalks of this plant cooked as a vegetable or eaten raw in salads.
Also bok-choy, pak-choi, pakchoi.

Origin of bok choy

< Chinese dial. (Guangdong) baahk-chòi, akin to Chinese báicài literally, white vegetable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bok choy

bok choy

/ (ˈbɒk ˈtʃɔɪ) /


a Chinese plant, Brassica chinensis, that is related to the cabbage and has edible stalks and leavesAlso called: Chinese cabbage, Chinese leaf, pak-choi cabbage

Word Origin for bok choy

from Chinese dialect, literally: white vegetable
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Word Origin and History for bok choy

bok choy


type of Chinese cabbage, from Cantonese, literally "white vegetable."

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