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Origin of broccoli
Words nearby broccoli
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What else does broccoli mean?
Content warning: this article references illicit drugs.
When not referring to the actual vegetable, broccoli is slang for “marijuana.”
Where does broccoli come from?
The slang broccoli, meaning “marijuana,” is credited to the “Father of Slang” rapper E-40. On the music and lyrics website Genius, E-40 included a verified annotation on the page for his 1996 “Practice Lookin’ Hard.” According to him, he invented broccoli in 1993:
“I started calling medicinal [marijuana] ‘broccoli’ because it’s green and bushy. I was looking at some medical back in 1993 with my producer Studio Ton and we was like, ‘Man, look at it—it looks exactly like broccoli.’ I call it ‘lettuce’ too.”
E-40 also released a 1998 song simply titled “Broccoli” that made the word’s sub-meaning even more obvious. In the 2010s, other rappers helped popularize the slang, including Kodak Black, Lil Yachty, and D.R.A.M.
How is broccoli used in real life?
Broccoli (the slang and substance) is very popular in hip-hop. Several dozen songs use broccoli in their title and many, many more use it in the lyrics.
I'm a healthy kid I smoke broccoli
— Lil pump (@lilpump) October 13, 2016
From hip-hop, broccoli has spread as a more mainstream slang term for “marijuana,” sometimes alongside the broccoli emoji, 🥦, on social media.
— VICE Life (@ViceLife) November 13, 2017
I daydreamed about broccoli today, not weed like actual broccoli
— #1 loser (@mustygrrl) November 19, 2018
Lungs on broccoli 🍃⛽️
— Trey 🏁 (@HussleMan_Trey) December 6, 2018
More examples of broccoli:
“On the page, marijuana is advertised as ‘broccoli’ and LSD as ‘light salad dressing’, while ‘capsicum’ is used to describe MDMA capsules and ‘coconuts’ is code for cocaine.”
—Max Margan & Daniel Piotrowski, Daily Mail, April 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for broccoli
I lived for my packages from home of eggplants and asparagus and tomatoes and broccoli and elephant garlic.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Accents, like broccoli and scallions, have been added as well.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken|Marlow Stern|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But equally super are Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage.
When was the last time you heard of someone with a sweet potato, broccoli, or blueberry intolerance?
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Nearly all our present varieties of broccoli originated in England from a few sorts introduced from Italy.The Cauliflower|A. A. Crozier
On the broccoli are found glistening drops; but on the peas, growing next them, we find nothing.Meteorology|J. G. M'Pherson
Broccoli, brok′o-li, n. a cultivated kind of cabbage resembling cauliflower, of which it is originally a hardy variety.
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The flat fields are devoted to the cultivation of broccoli, and early vegetables, fruits, and flowers for the London market.The Cornish Coast (South)|Charles G. Harper