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 Common small-seed food-plot crops include clover, chicory and brassica. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips For Growing Successful Food Plots (And Keeping Deer on Your Property All Season Long)," 19 June 2020 Turns out that the memetic brassica of the West Coast fits the chaat genre perfectly. Soleil Ho,, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 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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“Brassica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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