1699, Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo (“cabbage sprout, head”), diminutive of brocco (“shoot, sprout”) (which is also the origin of brocade), from Latin broccus (“pointed, sharp, projecting; buck-toothed”), possibly of Gaulish origin, related to Proto-Celtic *brokkos (“badger”) or Proto-Celtic *brozdos (“tip, point”) (compare Scottish Gaelic brog (“pointed instrument, awl”), Welsh procio (“thrust, poke”), Old English brord (“point, spike”)). More at brochure, brad.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɹɒ.kə.li/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɹɑ.kə.li/, /ˈbɹɑk.li/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈbɹɒ.kə.li/
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- A plant, Brassica oleracea var. italica, of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae; especially, the tree-shaped flower and stalk that are eaten as a vegetable.
- Hyponym: Calabrese (UK)
- 2010, Sven Wombwell, Allotment Gardening For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), Growing Oriental Leaf Vegetables:
- You can also get oriental broccolis such as kailaan and nabana, which are easy to grow and really tasty.
- 2013, Anselm Anyoha, MD, How Broccoli-Head Lost Thirty Pounds: A Handbook for Healthy Living, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 83:
- Examples of leafy vegetables are broccoli, spinach, celery, and chicory.
- (US, slang) Marijuana.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana
- 2014, “Kodak Black”, in Heart Of The Projects, performed by Skrilla:
- I be smokin' broccoli, mama told me eat my veggies
- 2017, “T-Shirt”, in Culture, performed by Migos:
- All I want is cottage, roll a cigar full of broccoli
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broccoli c (singular definite broccolien, plural indefinite broccoli)
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