Definition of cole
: any of several brassicas; especially : any of various crop plants (such as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi) derived from the same wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
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There is too much acidity in its Carolina gold barbecue sauce and potato salad and too little in the aioli accompanying its cole slaw and Cuban sandwich.
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Origin and Etymology of cole
Middle English, from Old English cāl, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage; akin to Greek kaulos stem, Latvian kauls
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Thomas 1801–1848 American (English-born) painter
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