bras·​si·​ca | \ˈbra-si-kə \

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

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Kale This leafy brassica is both tasty and attractive, a perfect pick for edible landscapes. Jeanette Marantos,, "For SoCal veggie gardeners, fall's warm soil makes this 'a fabulous time to plant'," 29 Sep. 2017 All brassica plants require moist, rich soils and regular fertilizer. Nan Sterman,, "Cool-season veggies to plant now," 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, "Trendy cauliflower deserves a place on your table," 12 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of brassica was in 1727

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