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cauliflower

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noun, often attributive cau·li·flow·er \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r, ˈkä-, -lē-\

Definition of cauliflower

  1. :  a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers; also :  its flower cluster used as a vegetable



Origin of cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow


First Known Use: 1597


CAULIFLOWER Defined for Kids

cauliflower

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noun cau·li·flow·er \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər, ˈkä-\

Definition of cauliflower for Students

  1. :  a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage





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