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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At dinner, Kinnaird and her husband usually do a simple protein like chicken, fish, or shrimp with salad or a non-starchy veggie like broccoli or cauliflower. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 Customers will find most items cook rapidly and can be pulled from the hotpot in a couple of minutes, but a few harder items like broccoli and lotus root may need to be returned to the hotpot. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "Han Restaurant, Hartford," 23 Feb. 2018 Bake until broccoli is golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Among her father's favorites were oyster dressing, lasagna, and broccoli and cheese rice casserole. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Sergio 'Ms. Okra' Robinson keeps New Orleans street peddling tradition rolling," 30 Apr. 2018 On the Friday of Louisville's series opener against Virginia, the clock is nearing 2 p.m. as players filter past images of recent glory and line up to pile chicken alfredo with broccoli onto oversized plates (so many carbs for the long night ahead). Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing Omaha: 3 days inside Louisville baseball's latest bid for the College World Series," 2 May 2018 In late June, an Ohio man reported finding a lively black widow crawling on top of his broccoli. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Connecticut woman finds black widow spider in bag of grapes," 18 July 2018 Vegetables: Prepare a batch of roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, fennel, and so on, but also add in some chopped, shredded, or thinly-sliced raw veggies. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper to taste. Gina Homolka And Heather K. Jones, Woman's Day, "Pesce Primavera," 19 Sep. 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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