broccoli

noun
broc·​co·​li | \ ˈbrä-kə-lē How to pronounce broccoli (audio) , ˈbrä-klē\

Definition of broccoli

1 chiefly British : a large hardy cauliflower
2a : either of two garden vegetable plants closely related to the cabbage:
(1) : one with a thick central stem and a compact head of dense usually green florets that is classified with the cauliflower
(2) : one (Brassica oleracea italica) with slender stems and usually green or purple florets not arranged in a central head
b : the stems and immature florets of broccoli used as food

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A fast-growing, upright, branched, annual plant, broccoli bears dense green clusters of edible flower buds. Native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, it was introduced to the US probably in colonial times. Broccoli thrives in moderate to cool climates. Its flavor resembles that of cabbage but is somewhat milder. It is one of the most broadly nutritious of all common vegetables and is a plant that is closely related to cabbage in the mustard family.

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Add 2 large broccoli stems (lightly peeled, then thinly sliced, about 2 cups) and cook until golden brown, 4 minutes per side. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Let’s share photos of refrigerator magnets made under the crafty, patient auspices of Miss Molly at BrightHorizons backup daycare, and food shots of Jean’s garlic broccoli, which was the last vegetable to pass Teddy’s lips two whole years ago. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. WSJ, "Transcript of George W. Bush’s Eulogy of His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 These usually consist of something like fish sticks or pizza with a hefty portion of fries and a microscopic side of vegetables: one tiny floret of broccoli and two carrot sticks. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "No, A Salad Doesn’t Make that Burger Healthier," 6 Sep. 2018 All the cole crops (cabbages, collards, mustards, bok choy) are lining up for attention, but nothing is as beautiful as those first big heads of broccoli. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "June 8-14: In the garden, it's time to …," 8 June 2018 Spicy dishes and gassy foods (such as broccoli or cauliflower) are often avoided, but are actually A-OK to enjoy, per Korean research. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 Rabbits love to munch on everything from broccoli and beans to pansies and petunias. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden," 30 Jan. 2019 Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of broccoli

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broccoli

Italian, plural of broccolo flowering top of a cabbage, diminutive of brocco small nail, sprout

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broccoli

noun
broc·​co·​li | \ ˈbrä-kə-lē How to pronounce broccoli (audio) , ˈbrä-klē\

Kids Definition of broccoli

: a vegetable that has green stalks and green or purplish clustered flower buds

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