- a variety of cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) having a dense white mass of fleshy flower stalks that form the head
- the head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Origin of cauliflowerearlier cole florye (altered after cole) from Italian cavolfiore ( from cavolo, cabbage + fiore, flower) from source French chou-fleur; mod. spelling, spelled after Classical Latin caulis, cabbage
- A plant (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) in the mustard family, having a large whitish head of undeveloped flowers.
- The flower head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of cauliflowerProbably alteration (influenced by flower ) of New Latin cauliflōra Latin caulis stem Latin flōs flōr- flower ; see flower .
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
From 16th century cole-florye. Compare Latin caulis, French chou-fleur, Italian cavolfiore.