Chinese cabbage


: either of two Asian brassicas now grown in the U.S. and widely used as greens:
: one (Brassica rapa pekinensis) that forms elongate more or less solid cylindrical heads and has pale green or cream-colored leaves

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the plant side of the equation, a study in a 2003 issue of the journal Ultrasonics investigated the effects of classical music and the sounds of birds, insects and water on the growth of Chinese cabbage and cucumber. Stacey Colino, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 Columbia and Snake River Valleys, Ontario: Plant Chinese cabbage and endive. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Looking out across the depleted aisle, Ms. Ma was only able to secure some asparagus, Chinese cabbage and sweet potato. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Since 2015, astronauts have been growing or cultivating plants like romaine lettuce, zinnias, and Chinese cabbage. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, collard, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onion, pea, radicchio, radish, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip. Tom Maccubbin,, 30 Oct. 2021 His grandmother grew Chinese cabbage and melons in their garden because there was nowhere close to buy them. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Vegetables to plant in January include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, radishes, shallots, snow peas, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. Dan Gill,, 30 Dec. 2020 Broccoli, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, radish, lettuce, turnips, kale and Chinese cabbage are also on the list., 12 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese cabbage was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Chinese cabbage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

Chinese cabbage

: either of two Asian garden plants related to the cabbage and widely used as green leafy vegetables
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