- a plant (Brassica oleracea var. italica) of the crucifer family, related to the cauliflower but bearing tender shoots with greenish buds cooked as a vegetable
- any of several strains of cauliflower
Origin of broccoliIt, plural of broccolo, a sprout, cabbage sprout, diminutive of brocco: see broach
- A plant (Brassica oleracea var. italica) in the mustard family, having dense clusters of numerous green flower buds.
- The flower clusters of this plant, eaten as a vegetable before the flower buds open.
Origin of broccoliItalian, pl. of broccolo, flowering sprout of a turnip, diminutive of brocco, shoot, sprout, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, spike; see brocade.
Brassica oleracea var. italica
(plural broccolis or broccoli)
- Calabrese (UK)