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kale

or kail

[ keyl ]
/ keɪl /
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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.
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Origin of kale

1250–1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole
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British Dictionary definitions for kale (1 of 2)

kale1

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

British Dictionary definitions for kale (2 of 2)

kale2
/ (keɪl) /

noun
Northern English dialect a queue
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