brussels sprout

brus·​sels sprout | \ ˈbrə-səl- How to pronounce brussels sprout (audio) \
variants: or Brussels sprout
plural brussels sprouts or Brussels sprouts

Definition of brussels sprout

1 : a plant (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) related to the cabbage and cauliflower that is cultivated for its edible small roundish green buds which are borne on its stem and resemble miniature cabbages
2 : any of the edible green buds that are borne on the stems of brussels sprouts, consist of tightly overlapping immature leaves, and are typically cooked as a vegetable

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Examples of brussels sprout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, many of the brussels sprout recipes below call for roasting or pan-searing—simple methods that reliably yield a crispy exterior while keeping the sprouts soft on the inside. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "32 Mouthwatering Brussels Sprout Recipes," 6 Nov. 2020 Other recipes worth examining in these days of heartache and anxiety: Dawn Perry’s new pantry pasta recipes: for fast spaghetti Bolognese; for blistered broccoli with walnuts and pecorino; and for brussels sprouts with bacon and vinegar. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "Cooking With Condiments," 15 Apr. 2020 Add half of the farro, followed by half of the squash, 2 tablespoons of the pomegranate seeds, half of the kale, half of the brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin seeds, and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese. Jennifer Tyler Lee And Anisha Patel, NBC News, "Fall harvest mason jar salad with creamy seed dressing," 13 Feb. 2020 Many seeds and starts can be planted now, including radishes, carrots, beets, carrots, chard, kale, brussels sprouts, peas, broccoli, leeks and salad greens. oregonlive, "In the time of coronavirus, look to the garden to keep you busy and quiet your mind," 1 Apr. 2020 That resulted in items such as roasted brussels sprouts ($8) with bacon lardons, apple, toasted almonds and lemon aioli, bruschetta ($9) and baked burrata with prosciutto and sourdough ($12). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bonobo American Bistro in Shorewood weaves healthier options into its menu," 7 Feb. 2020 The seated dinner resembled a family-style Thanksgiving supper with butternut squash, brussels sprouts, and roasted chicken. Vogue, "Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Hosted the 2019 Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Night," 18 Nov. 2019 In Snowfall in the Suburbs (1940), Bush’s back garden is blanketed by snow, with brick walls and paling fences, sheds and trees and frozen stumps of brussels sprouts, standing out in the whiteness. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "Garden of Painterly Delights," 16 Mar. 2020 As main courses were served, wait-staff circled with decadent family-style sides: Chef Taylor's famous au gratin potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and corn crème brûlée. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Becca Cason Thrash takes over Steak 48 for exclusive Notre-Dame de Paris dinner," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of brussels sprout

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brussels sprout was in 1796

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“Brussels sprout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brussels sprout

: a small, green vegetable that looks like a very small cabbage

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