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  1. Also called borecole. a cabbagelike cultivated plant, Brassica oleracea acephala, of the mustard family, having curled or wrinkled leaves: used as a vegetable.
  2. Scot. cabbage.
  3. Slang. money.
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Origin of kale

1250–1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole
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Examples from the Web for kail

Historical Examples

  • The kail grows brittle from the snow in my dank and cheerless garden.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • He's been at the kirk o' Crackabout, whaur the kail pat was the minister.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • From this custom his congregation was known as the “kail kirk.”

  • But the fool Ruthvens marred that job, and got their kail through the reek.

  • No one, was the saucy answer; theres no kail in the kirks; then with a laugh, The ministers eat all the shewbread.

British Dictionary definitions for kail


  1. a variant spelling of kale 1
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  1. a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, with crinkled leaves: used as a potherbSee also collard
  2. Scot a cabbage
  3. US slang money
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Compare (for senses 1, 2): sea kale

Word Origin

Old English cāl; see cole


  1. Northern English dialect a queue
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Word Origin and History for kail



also kail, c.1300, alternative form of cawul (c.1200), surviving in this spelling after Middle English as a Scottish variant of cole "cabbage" (see cole-slaw). Slang meaning "money" is from 1902.

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