Definition of broccoli rabe
: a garden brassica (Brassica rapa ruvo) that is related to the turnip and produces edible leafy branching stalks and compact clusters of yellow florets —called also broccoli raab \-ˌräb, -ˌrab\, rapini
Origin and Etymology of broccoli rabe
regularization (conformed to broccoli) of any of various southern Italian dialect forms, such as Neapolitan vruoccole de rapa, literally, “flower stalks of the turnip” ◆The spellings rabe, raab reflect English perceptions of a laxed stop and reduced or absent vowel in the southern Italian forms.
First Known Use: 1928
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