kale

or kail

[ keyl ]
/ keɪl /
|

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. kalashnikov,
  2. kalat,
  3. kalathos,
  4. kalb,
  5. kalb, johann,
  6. kaleidoscope,
  7. kaleidoscopic,
  8. kalemia,
  9. kalemie,
  10. kalendar

Origin of kale

1250–1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole

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British Dictionary definitions for kail

kail

/ (keɪl) /

noun

a variant spelling of kale 1

kale

1

kail

/ (keɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for kale

Old English cāl; see cole

kale

2
/ (keɪl) /

noun

Northern English dialect a queue
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Word Origin and History for kail

kale

n.

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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