noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , -lē- \

Definition of cauliflower

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

Examples of cauliflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No fewer than 15 vegetables and legumes — cauliflower, black beans, beets, mushrooms, etc. — go into the Shouk burger, which is held together with pureed flaxseed and slipped into tender whole-wheat pita the size of an oven mitt. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Order from these three restaurants, and watch vegetables steal the show," 26 June 2020 In Donald Trump, who so disdains greens that the White House physician resorted to smuggling cauliflower into his mashed potatoes, the reactionaries have found a champion. The Economist, "Growing your own food America rediscovers the joys of vegetable-growing," 20 June 2020 Beets, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, and fennel come together into a warm, smoky salad when grilled and tossed with lemon juice and zest. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Vegetarian Recipes For When You Just Don’t Want Meat," 30 July 2018 Take-out and dine-in Start with an order of jalapeño cilantro cream cheese chimis, sweet and spicy crispy cauliflower or short rib flautas served with fresh avocado sauce. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020 For example, a cup of white rice has 205 calories and 45 grams of carbs, while a cup of cauliflower rice has only 25 calories and 5 grams of carbs. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Brownies, truffles and pasta: Healthful food swaps you will love," 11 June 2020 Slice up cauliflower and halloumi, crisp it under the broiler and let harissa do the heavy lifting. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Harissa brings the heat in these 5 recipes," 11 June 2020 Use garden veggies on cauliflower crust for a healthy dinner like Layla of @gimmedelicious. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Rainbow Foods That Are Sure to Make You Smile," 4 June 2020 Lymphosarcoma resembles a red cauliflower on the outside of the skin. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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The first known use of cauliflower was in 1597

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30 Jun 2020

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“Cauliflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- \

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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