\ˈkāl \

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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Synonyms for kale


bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of kale in a Sentence

trying to scrape up the kale to buy more dope

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The 50/50 kale to bread ratio makes this seasonal dish a winner. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Squash Panzanella," 24 Oct. 2018 Her ducks are gobbling all of the kale that meets their eyes, though. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider all insect control measures carefully as earwigs, squash bugs move in," 22 June 2018 The pair are kicking off their first Oklahoma growing season with kale, blueberries and persimmons. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jennifer Garner recalls growing up in the South: 'I have a connection to this land'," 15 Aug. 2018 The smoked nature of the kale’s vinaigrette is a flavorful change of pace, while the beet salad is straightforward and prepared in the Swedish tradition. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 Opt for the surf tacos: kale tossed in ginger dressing and served folded in naan with garlic bean spread, avocado, and grape tomatoes. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Carissa Moore's Guide to Honolulu's Best Food," 23 May 2018 Green and red bell peppers, carrots and kale leaves add color and fiber to the mix, although other vegetables can easily be substituted. Linda Giuca And Christopher Prosperi, courant.com, "Slow-Cooker Pork Recipe Lets You Enjoy Outdoors Then Enjoy Dinner," 7 May 2018 When water is boiling, add kale leaves, and cook until tender, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "This Decadent Pasta Sauce Is Actually Packed With a Full Serving of Greens," 7 May 2018 Surrounding the thick, moist filet (a few bones remained) was vinegary, happily not-too-smokey kale, along with tomato vinaigrette and olives. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Downtown gets a new French accent from Chez Hugo bistro," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of kale

: a type of cabbage that has wrinkled leaves


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Kids Definition of kale

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

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