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[kuh l-kan-uh n, kawl-kan-]
  1. an Irish dish made of cabbage, kale, or other greens, and potatoes boiled and mashed together.
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Origin of colcannon

1765–75; < Irish cál ceannann, equivalent to cál (< Latin caulis cabbage) + ceann head + -ann, weak variant of fionn white
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Historical Examples of colcannon

  • Colcannon, kol-kan′on, n. an Irish dish, being a stew of pounded cabbage and potatoes with butter.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for colcannon


  1. a dish, originating in Ireland, of potatoes and cabbage or other greens boiled and mashed together
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Word Origin for colcannon

C18: from Irish Gaelic cál ceannann, literally: white-headed cabbage
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