broccoli raabbroccoli raab
a plant (Brassica rapa ruvo) of the crucifer family with close clusters of greenish buds and dark-green, somewhat bitter leaves, cooked together as a vegetable
Origin of broccoli raabprobably from Italian broccoli di rapa, sprouts of the turnip: see broccoli and rape
or broccoli rabe
A plant (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa) in the mustard family grown for its pungent leaves, which are eaten as a vegetable. Also called rapini .
Origin of broccoli raabItalian broccoli di rapa broccoli pl. diminutive of brocco sprout, shoot ; see broccoli . di of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) rapa turnip ; see rape 2.