noun \ˈbra-si-kə\

Definition of BRASSICA

:  any of a large genus (Brassica) of Old World temperate-zone herbs (as broccoli and cabbage) of the mustard family with cylindrical pods

Origin of BRASSICA

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cabbage
First Known Use: 1727


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of the large genus Brassica, in the mustard family, containing about 40 Old World species and including the cabbages, mustards, and rapes. B. oleracea has many edible varieties, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi. Also included in this genus are the turnip (B. rapa), the rutabaga (B. napobrassica), and the Chinese cabbages (B. pekinensis and B. chinensis).


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