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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



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A fast-growing, upright, branched, annual plant, broccoli bears dense green clusters of edible flower buds. Native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, it was introduced to the US probably in colonial times. Broccoli thrives in moderate to cool climates. Its flavor resembles that of cabbage but is somewhat milder. It is one of the most broadly nutritious of all common vegetables and is a plant that is closely related to cabbage in the mustard family.

Origin and Etymology 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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