\ 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 With kale and collards, the thick fibrous stems are removed, as are thicker spinach stems. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 Prevent root maggots when planting cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale) by covering with row covers or screens, or by applying appropriate insecticides. oregonlive, 4 May 2021 Add the kale and cook, stirring often, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 That’s super important because then any solids still in there, such as spinach, kale or ice, can submerge more into the liquid and blend more easily as the motor revs us again. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 4 May 2021 In a large bowl, toss the kale, cabbage, onions, carrots, and red peppers. Beth Segal, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Short for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, MIND focuses on eating at least six servings a week of green leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale, and at least one serving a day of another vegetable. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 May 2021 Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes, slicing and pickling cucumbers, dill, eggplant, kale, peppers, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and watermelon. oregonlive, 4 May 2021 Vegetables to start from seed: Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, head lettuce, pepper. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of kale was in the 14th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Kale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kale. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kale

: a type of cabbage that has wrinkled leaves


\ ˈkāl How to pronounce kale (audio) \

Kids Definition of kale

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


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