kale

noun
\ 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 Room after room is filled with plumes of kale and lettuce, evenly spaced on long trays stacked in floor-to-ceiling racks. The Economist, "The rise of the rooftop farmer Singapore looks to the skies—for fields," 4 July 2020 For something celebratory, mix together chopped kale or spinach, a few eggs, ricotta, some nutmeg, chopped basil, a little Parm, salt and pepper, and use that mixture to fill each pancake. Kara Elder, Washington Post, "A Serbian Croatian pancake meets Italian flavors in this family recipe mash-up," 1 July 2020 Usually, the kale, asparagus, strawberries, arugula and countless other delicious fresh ingredients end up at farm-to-table restaurants in affluent neighborhoods from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Natalia Gurevich, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area restaurant business drops, local farms send produce to struggling families," 28 June 2020 Adding carrots, spinach or kale to your diet might be a good idea. USA Today, "Can vitamin D help with symptoms of COVID-19? Possibly, it's key to helping your immune system function," 9 June 2020 Some produce shelves, particularly those for kale and other greens, were completely bare. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Inside 6 metro Detroit grocery stores during coronavirus scare," 15 Mar. 2020 They were rewarded with bellies full of chicken and a hankering for raw kale and Pepto-Bismol. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The Bucket List: We ranked the best fast-food fried chicken in Los Angeles," 25 Feb. 2020 Ricotta has all the deliciousness of the sour cream used in original versions, and is a better flavor partner for kale. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020 party food: 24 essential dips, including the ultimate guacamole and Buffalo Chicken Dip," 29 Jan. 2020 Ricotta has all the deliciousness of the sour cream used in original versions, and is a better flavor partner for kale. OregonLive.com, "21 Oscar party appetizers and sweets worthy of the Red Carpet," 28 Feb. 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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The first known use of kale was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Kale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kale. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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kale

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English Language Learners Definition of kale

: a type of cabbage that has wrinkled leaves

kale

noun
\ 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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