broccoli

[ brok-uh-lee, brok-lee ]
/ ˈbrɒk ə li, ˈbrɒk li /

noun

a form of a cultivated cruciferous plant, Brassica oleracea botrytis, whose leafy stalks and clusters of usually green buds are eaten as a vegetable.
Compare cauliflower.

Origin of broccoli

1690–1700; < Italian, plural of broccolo, equivalent to brocc(o) sprout (< Late Latin; see broach) + -olo diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for broccoli

broccoli
/ (ˈbrɒkəlɪ) /

noun

a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea italica, having branched greenish flower heads
the flower head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable before the buds have opened
a variety of this plant that does not form a head, whose stalks are eaten as a vegetable

Word Origin for broccoli

C17: from Italian, plural of broccolo a little sprout, from brocco sprout, spike; see brocade
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