noun, often attributive \ˈk-li-ˌfla(-ə)r, ˈkä-, -lē-\

Definition of CAULIFLOWER

:  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


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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea, Botrytis group).—Derek Fell

Form of cabbage (Brassica oleracea, Botrytis group) in the mustard family, consisting of a compact terminal mass of greatly thickened, modified, and partially developed flower structures, together with their embracing fleshy stalks. This terminal cluster forms a firm, white, succulent “curd” that is served as a cooked vegetable and is highly nutritious. The separated flower structures are also eaten raw.


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