A head of raw cauliflower.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: earlier cole florye (altered after cole) ; from Italian cavolfiore (; from cavolo, cabbage plush fiore, flower) from source French chou-fleur; mod. spelling, spelled after Classical Latin caulis, cabbage
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Origin: Probably alteration (influenced by flower) of New Latin cauliflōra : Latin caulis, stem + Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see flower.