bok choy

\ ˈbäk-ˈchȯi How to pronounce bok choy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bok choi \ ˈbäk-​ˈchȯi How to pronounce bok choy (audio) \ or \ ˈpäk-​ˈchȯi How to pronounce bok choy (audio) , ˈpak-​ \

Definition of bok choy

: a Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa chinensis) forming an open head with long white stalks and green leaves

Examples of bok choy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But thick-stemmed young bok choy from the restaurant’s private farm was handled tenderly, with light seasoning, in that very California way of letting the vegetables do the talking. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2021 Leafy greens: Kale, chard, bok choy and sturdy lettuces like iceberg and romaine. Steven Raichlen New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 The soy and scallion noodles merge salty, sweet and savory flavors, which can be complemented with sauteed bok choy and a poached egg. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Look for whole grains, fortified cereals, and bok choy. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 The bounty of fresh produce available in both the Bay Area and the Philippines also means that many vegetables play big parts in vegan Filipino cooking, such as eggplant, taro, bok choy, cabbage, bean sprouts and the aforementioned mung beans. Margot Seeto, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Aug. 2021 Unlike plainer versions that are simply topped with scallions, Shaanxi's comes with a dollop of sizzling chile oil, cubes of stewed pork, bean sprouts and bok choy. Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 On Sunday, Ly, who is Vietnamese, received boxes of staple foods used in her culture’s cuisine, such as jasmine rice, bok choy, and eggs., 1 Aug. 2021 Leafy greens of many kinds, including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and bok choy, are known to inhibit heart disease and stroke, as well as certain cancers. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of bok choy

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bok choy

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

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The first known use of bok choy was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of bok choy

: a type of cabbage originally from China that has green leaves with thick, white stems


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