kohlrabi

[ kohl-rah-bee, -rab-ee, kohl-rah-bee, -rab-ee ]
/ koʊlˈrɑ bi, -ˈræb i, ˈkoʊlˌrɑ bi, -ˌræb i /

noun, plural kohl·ra·bies.

a cultivated cabbage, Brassica oleracea gongylodes, of the mustard family, whose stem above ground swells into an edible, bulblike formation.

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Also called stem cab·bage, turnip cabbage.

Origin of kohlrabi

First recorded in 1800–10; from German, from Italian cavolrape (plural of cavolrapa literally, “stalk or cabbage turnip”), with German Kohl “cabbage” for Italian cavol-; see cole, rape2
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British Dictionary definitions for kohlrabi

kohlrabi
/ (kəʊlˈrɑːbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea caulorapa (or gongylodes), whose thickened stem is eaten as a vegetableAlso called: turnip cabbage

Word Origin for kohlrabi

C19: from German, from Italian cavoli rape (pl), from cavolo cabbage (from Latin caulis) + rapa turnip (from Latin); influenced by German Kohl cabbage
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