kohlrabi

[kohl-rah-bee, -rab-ee, kohl-rah-bee, -rab-ee]
noun, plural kohl·ra·bies.
  1. a cultivated cabbage, Brassica oleracea gongylodes, whose stem above ground swells into an edible, bulblike formation.

Origin of kohlrabi

1800–10; < German < Italian cavolrape (plural of cavolrapa literally, stalk or cabbage turnip), with German Kohl cabbage for Italian cavol-. See cole, rape2
Also called stem cabbage, turnip cabbage.
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kohlrabi

noun plural -bies
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for kohlrabi
n.

also kohl-rabi, kohl rabi, kind of cabbage, 1807, from German Kohlrabi (16c.), from Italian cavoli rape, plural of cavolo rapo "cole-rape;" see cole + rape (n.2). Form influenced in German by German kohl "cabbage."

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