cabbage


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cabbage \Cab"bage\ (k[a^]b"b[asl]j), n. [OE. cabage, fr. F.
   cabus headed (of cabbages), chou cabus headed cabbage,
   cabbage head; cf. It. capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl,
   hood, cabbage, fr. capo head, L. caput, or fr. It. cappa
   cape. See Chief, Cape.] (Bot.)
   1. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the
      wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The common cabbage has
      a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels
      sprouts, etc., are sometimes classed as cabbages.
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   2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like,
      cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below.
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   3. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
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   Cabbage aphis (Zool.), a green plant-louse ({Aphis
      brassic[ae]}) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.
      

   Cabbage beetle (Zool.), a small, striped flea-beetle
      (Phyllotreta vittata) which lives, in the larval state,
      on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage
      and other cruciferous plants.

   Cabbage fly (Zool.), a small two-winged fly ({Anthomyia
      brassic[ae]}), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state,
      on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to
      the crop.

   Cabbage head, the compact head formed by the leaves of a
      cabbage; -- contemptuously or humorously, and
      colloquially, a very stupid and silly person; a numskull.
      

   Cabbage palmetto, a species of palm tree (Sabal Palmetto)
      found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida.

   Cabbage rose (Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa centifolia)
      having large and heavy blossoms.

   Cabbage tree, Cabbage palm, a name given to palms having
      a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto
      of the United States, and the Euterpe oleracea and
      Oreodoxa oleracea of the West Indies.

   Sea cabbage.(Bot.)
      (a) Sea kale
      (b) . The original Plant (Brassica oleracea), from which
          the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., have been
          derived by cultivation.

   Thousand-headed cabbage. See Brussels sprouts.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cabbage \Cab"bage\, v. i.
   To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce
   cabbage. --Johnson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cabbage \Cab"bage\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cabbaged (-b[asl]jd);
   p. pr. & vb. n. Cabbaging (-b[asl]*j[i^]ng).] [F.cabasser,
   fr. OF. cabas theft; cf. F. cabas basket, and OF. cabuser to
   cheat.]
   To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining
   after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
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         Your tailor . . . cabbages whole yards of cloth.
                                                  --Arbuthnot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cabbage \Cab"bage\, n.
   Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out
   garments.
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