bras·​si·​ca | \ ˈbra-si-kə How to pronounce brassica (audio) \

Definition of brassica

: any of a large genus (Brassica) of Old World temperate-zone herbs (such as broccoli and cabbage) of the mustard family with cylindrical pods

Examples of brassica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Broccoli, unlike its brassica cousins cauliflower, cabbage or turnips, loses everything and gains nothing when it is cooked down to fork-submission. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Common small-seed food-plot crops include clover, chicory and brassica. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 19 June 2020 Turns out that the memetic brassica of the West Coast fits the chaat genre perfectly. Soleil Ho,, 6 Sep. 2019 Kale This leafy brassica is both tasty and attractive, a perfect pick for edible landscapes. Jeanette Marantos,, 29 Sep. 2017 All brassica plants require moist, rich soils and regular fertilizer. Nan Sterman,, 5 Oct. 2017 Part of the brassica or cruciferous group of vegetables, which also includes broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts, cauliflower the name originated from the Latin word caulis, meaning cabbage, and flower. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of brassica

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brassica

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cabbage

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15 May 2022

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“Brassica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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