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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There is a certain broccoli salad that’s been popular at summer picnics and pool parties for decades. Ellie Krieger, Twin Cities, "Lighter and brighter, this broccoli salad delivers on flavor," 20 June 2019 There is a certain broccoli salad that’s been popular at summer picnics and pool parties for decades. Washington Post, "Lighter and brighter, this broccoli salad delivers on flavor," 13 June 2019 Her idea of a perfect midday dish: A mixed green salad topped with broccoli, hearts of palm, and your choice of protein (salmon, chicken, or tofu) to fuel your afternoon brain—and willpower. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Kill Your Afternoon Sugar Craving," 7 Jan. 2019 Grilled chicken in sweet and tangy bourbon sauce is served with broccoli on a bed of steamed cilantro rice at Freund Family Foods. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 2018 This broccoli salad is solid team player in your summer potluck lineup. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Invited over? Please RSVP — and bring this killer salad," 30 May 2018 The lunch menu at the Milky Way restaurant features broccoli salad, vegetable beef soup, lemon pineapple cake and gluten-free bread. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Farmers Hit the Road to Reach Shoppers Before Amazon Does," 10 Apr. 2018 Note: This recipe can be made with broccoli or cauliflower as an alternative to shrimp. The Editors, Marie Claire, "How to Hack Your Holiday Party Menu," 19 Dec. 2017 According to a news release from Green Giant, this year, even more states favored broccoli than in 2018, further cementing its place as America's favorite. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Is America's Favorite Vegetable for the Second Year in a Row," 17 June 2019

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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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