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broccoli

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noun broc·co·li \ˈbrä-kə-lē, ˈbrä-klē\

Definition of broccoli

  1. 1 chiefly British :  a large hardy cauliflower

  2. 2 a :  either of two garden vegetable plants closely related to the cabbage: (1) :  one with a thick central stem and a compact head of dense usually green florets that is classified with the cauliflower (2) :  one (Brassica oleracea italica) with slender stems and usually green or purple florets not arranged in a central head b :  the stems and immature florets of broccoli used as food



Origin of broccoli

Italian, plural of broccolo flowering top of a cabbage, diminutive of brocco small nail, sprout


First Known Use: 1699


BROCCOLI Defined for Kids

broccoli

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noun broc·co·li \ˈbrä-kə-lē, ˈbrä-klē\

Definition of broccoli for Students

  1. :  a vegetable that has green stalks and green or purplish clustered flower buds





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