Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, an annual variety of cabbage, of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of cauliflower
Probably alteration (influenced by flower) of New Latin cauliflōra Latin caulisstem Latin flōsflōr-flowerflower
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From 16th century cole-florye. Compare Latin caulis, French chou-fleur, Italian cavolfiore.
Cauliflower Sentence Examples
The lunch menu is short but tempting, including handcrafted ravioli of the day, a grilled vegetable wrap with artichoke heart spread and a seafood entree served with "creamless" creamed spinach, roasted cauliflower and truffle vinaigrette.
All vegetable roots not designed to be left in the ground during the winter should be dug up, such as beets, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, &c. The cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce plants grown from seed sown last month should be pricked out in cold frames.