Kohlrabi meaning

kōl-räbē, -răbē
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A plant (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) in the mustard family, having a thick basal part of the stem that is eaten as a vegetable.
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A garden vegetable (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) of the crucifer family, similar to cabbage: the edible part is a bulbous portion of the stem just above the ground.
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Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes, a variety of the cabbage, having a turnip-shaped edible stem.
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Origin of kohlrabi

  • German (partial translation of Italian cavoli rape) Kohl cabbage (from Middle High German kōl) (from Old High German) (from Latin caulis) Italian rape pl. of rapa turnip

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

  • From the German Kohlrabi, from Kohl (“cabbage”) + Italian rape (“turnips”), from cavoli rape, the plural of cavolo rapa (“cole rape”).

    From Wiktionary