- 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 caulifl&omacron;ra : Latin caulis, stem + Latin fl&omacron;s, fl&omacron;r-, flower; see flower.
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
From 16th century cole-florye. Compare Latin caulis, French chou-fleur, Italian cavolfiore.