bras·​si·​ca ˈbra-si-kə How to pronounce brassica (audio)
: 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 Now, my attention turns to a number of Asian brassica varieties. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 11 Aug. 2023 In Conditioning Mist relies on key strengthening and conditioning ingredients, including hemisqualane derived from sugarcane to seal moisture in and prevent breakage and brassica seed polymer, which acts as a detangler. Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2023 At WangJia the choice is tatsoi; its leaves soften in the heat more quickly than bok choy, a close brassica relative. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cabbage

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brassica was in 1727

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“Brassica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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