- 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
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- 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
from Chinese dialect, literally: white vegetable
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Word Origin and History for bok choy
type of Chinese cabbage, from Cantonese, literally "white vegetable."
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