Broccoli meaning

brŏk'ə-lē
The flower clusters of this plant, eaten as a vegetable before the flower buds open.
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Any of several strains of cauliflower.
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A plant, Brassica oleracea var. italica, of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae; especially, the tree-shaped flower and stalk that are eaten as a vegetable.
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A plant (Brassica oleracea var. italica) in the mustard family, having dense clusters of numerous green flower buds.
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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.
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Origin of broccoli

  • Italian pl. of broccolo flowering sprout of a turnip diminutive of brocco shoot, sprout from Vulgar Latin brocca spike brocade
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1699, Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo, diminutive of brocco (“shoot, sprout”) (which is also the origin of brocade), from Latin broccus, of Gaulish origin, related to Gaelic brog (“awl”)
    From Wiktionary