dinosaur kale

noun

US
: tuscan kale
The salmon was tasty, but the pork, served with slow-roasted cavolo nero (sometimes called Tuscan or dinosaur kale), was juicy and deeply flavorful …M. Kathleen Pratt, Chicago Tribune, 15 Oct. 2008
Dinosaur kale is also known as … Tuscan kale and is characterized by its dimpled, firm leaves, which hold up to long cooking times and hearty flavors.Karoline Boehm Goodnick, Boston Globe, 16 Nov. 2011

Word History

Etymology

so called from the fancied resemblance of its leaves to the skin of a dinosaur

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinosaur kale was in 1996

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“Dinosaur kale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinosaur%20kale. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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