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 Chop half the brussels sprouts into slivered slices; grate the other half for varied texture. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 Dinner was a scrumptious: Pot-au-feu with squash and brussels sprouts, as well as butter-poached lobster. Vogue, "Beneath Rembrandts and Van Dycks, the Frick Hosted its Annual Autumn Dinner," 22 Oct. 2019 The best vegetables to plant in fall Cruciferous vegetables—like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage—love the cooler temperatures of autumn. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Now Is the Perfect Time to Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden," 26 Aug. 2019 The greens could be green beans (obvious but beloved), kale, spinach, collard greens, or brussels sprouts. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Make Your Vegetarian Loved Ones Happy on Thanksgiving," 14 Nov. 2019 Afternoon Lunch is at the gastronomically adventurous Culinerdy Kitchen (524 12th St.), a casual lunch spot downtown serving brussels sprouts, burgers, mac and cheese and french fries in various delicious forms. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Sacramento," 22 Aug. 2019 Eating green vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts can help, too. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "It's getting hot in here: 4 ways to keep from sweating through your clothes this summer," 9 July 2019 Daily Harvest harvest bowls, made with everything from brussels sprouts to butternut squash to kale, are a healthy lunch option that's ready in 5 minutes or less. Judy Koutsky, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ease Back into a Healthy, Post-Summer Routine," 12 Sep. 2019 Vegetable plants to be available for sale will include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, celery, Swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, mustard greens, collards, and bak choi. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Master Gardeners annual Fall vegetable-herb plant sale scheduled Oct. 12," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Brussels sprout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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