\ 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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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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Stuff the apple-kale mixture into the pockets in the pork chops, skewering with toothpicks as needed. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "Big, juicy pork chops — stuffed and sauced with a flurry of fall flavors," 24 Sep. 2018 Order signature bowls like the Cassie ($8.85), made with Japanese eggplant, chickpeas, pickled cauliflower, currants, savory green beans, basil, currants, and creamy harissa, or DIY with your choice of base (kale, rice, arugula, quinoa). Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Whole Heart Provisions brings ‘fresh veggies and good vibes’ to Cambridge," 24 May 2018 But from the get-go, there should be a decent variety of greens, kale, Swiss chard, spinach and spring onions. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "The calendar says spring. Can farmers markets be far behind?," 23 Apr. 2018 But a wide variety of crops can be planted, including lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beans, squash, radishes, strawberries, kale, chard and spinach. OregonLive.com, "No room for a vegetable garden? Create space with potted plants," 13 Mar. 2018 On the menu yesterday was shakshuka, coconut-kale salads, avocado toast, and cinnamon roll pancakes. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Janelle Monae Threw the Ultimate Power Brunch," 3 Mar. 2018 These organic cotton bags from Vejibag are moistened before filled and stowed to help keep veggies, even kale, fresh and crisp all week long. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "9 Things You Can Do to Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution," 22 Jan. 2018 However, none get quite the same reaction as my kale necklace. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Vintage Kale Necklace," 17 Apr. 2019 Before kale started taking over every possible food, drink, and skin-care product, South Korea cherished (and still does) ginseng for its healing properties. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019

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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


\ 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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