- a plant, Brassica rapa pekinensis, forming a long, dense head of broad, whitish leaves used in salads and Asian cuisine.
Origin of Chinese cabbage
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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- Also called: pe-tsai cabbage a Chinese plant, Brassica pekinensis, that is related to the cabbage and has crisp edible leaves growing in a loose cylindrical head
- another name for bok choy
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