Cauliflower meaning

kôlĭ-flouər, -lē-, kŏlĭ-, kŏlē-
A plant (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) in the mustard family, having a large whitish head of undeveloped flowers.
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The flower head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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A variety of cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) having a dense white mass of fleshy flower stalks that form the head.
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The edible head or curd of a cauliflower plant.
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The head of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, an annual variety of cabbage, of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.
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Origin of cauliflower

  • Probably alteration (influenced by flower) of New Latin cauliflōra Latin caulis stem Latin flōs flōr- flower flower

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From 16th century cole-florye. Compare Latin caulis, French chou-fleur, Italian cavolfiore.

    From Wiktionary