variants or less commonly bok choi or pak choi
: a Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa chinensis) forming an open head with long white stalks and green leaves

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cook undisturbed until noodles and bok choy are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. People Staff, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2022 Browning tofu in a little oil gives it a more complex flavor; the tofu also develops a crisp surface that contrasts nicely with the tender noodles and tender-crisp bok choy. Elaine Johnson, Sunset Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 Cut bok choy in ½-inch-thick diagonal slices, and add only the stems to soup. People Staff, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2022 Chef Lorena Garcia preps a salmon filet for her pan-roasted Ōra King salmon dish with crispy bok choy and ginger chili sauce. Alexa Gagosz,, 2 Dec. 2022 Ditto Food’s wares: several types of lettuces, herbs, leafy greens, root vegetables (bok choy, collard greens). Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 It’s accompanied by crunchy baby bok choy and a peanut sauce with lime juice and hoisin. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 This recipe uses two sheet pans, one for the tofu and one for the bok choy. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 Simple steamed bok choy dressed in oyster sauce, wok-smoky chowfun tossed with mushrooms or pork — and who knows! Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) baahk-choi, literally, white vegetable

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bok choy was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Bok choy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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