\ ˈkāl How to pronounce kale (audio) \

Definition of kale

1a : a hardy cabbage (Brassica oleracea acephala) with curled often finely incised leaves that do not form a dense head also : its leaves used as a vegetable
b : cole
2 slang : money

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Examples of kale in a Sentence

trying to scrape up the kale to buy more dope
Recent Examples on the Web Chicken taquitos and a double portion of chicken over a blend of lettuce, baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and queso fresco with choice of creamy cilantro dressing or Mexican vinaigrette. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Superfoods kale, spinach, and green tea offer their anti-inflammatory properties and provide essential fatty acids, skin-loving phytonutrients, and vitamins C and E while hydrating and cooling the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 Following strawberries, spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens, nectarines, apples, grapes, bell and hot peppers, cherries, peaches, pears, celery and tomato also made the list for their high volume of pesticides. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 7 Apr. 2022 There’s time for one more crop of beans, spinach, kale, dandelion greens and arugula before temperatures get too warm. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Chard, kale, collards, herbs are a great thing to start with. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Some juicers, like the Kuvings, even have one section large enough for an entire apple and another section that's small for thin items like celery and kale for maximum versatility. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 The Gomae Raab course that follows offers a bright contrast to the richness of the tofu, the pleasantly bitter kale starts coming from Midnight’s Farm. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 17 May 2022 There are numerous great kale salads out in the world, and this one, with its garlic confit vinaigrette, is no exception. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kale

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for kale

Scots, from Middle English (northern) cal, from Old English cāl — more at cole

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12 Aug 2022

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“Kale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kale. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of kale

: a hardy cabbage with wrinkled leaves that do not form a head

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