Cabbage tree
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. [1913 Webster]

2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See {Cabbage tree}, below. [1913 Webster]

3. The cabbage palmetto. See below. [1913 Webster]

{Cabbage aphis} (Zo["o]l.), a green plant-louse ({Aphis brassic[ae]}) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.

{Cabbage beetle} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cabbage tree — noun 1. tree with shaggy unpleasant smelling toxic bark and yielding strong durable wood; bark and seeds used as a purgative and vermifuge and narcotic • Syn: ↑cabbage bark, ↑cabbage bark tree, ↑Andira inermis • Hypernyms: ↑angelim, ↑andelmin …   Useful english dictionary

  • cabbage-tree — pietinė livistona statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Arekinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis augalas (Livistona australis), paplitęs Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Livistona australis angl. Australian cabbage palm; Australian fan palm;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cabbage tree — /ˈkæbɪdʒ tri/ (say kabij tree) noun 1. Also, cabbage tree palm. a tall palm with large leaves, Livistona australis, of the coastal areas of eastern Australia. 2. the small tufted tree Cordyline australis of New Zealand, frequently cultivated as… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cabbage-tree — /ˈkæbɪdʒ ˌtri/ (say kabij .tree) noun → cabbage tree hat …   Australian English dictionary

  • cabbage tree — 1. any tropical tree or treelike plant having leaves or edible shoots suggestive of cabbage. 2. an Australian palm tree of the genus Livistona, esp. L. australis. [1715 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • cabbage tree — noun a cabbage palm, especially a New Zealand tree grown for its sugary sap or for ornament. [Cordyline australis.] …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Cabbage tree (New Zealand) — For other plants with this name see Cabbage tree. Taxobox name = Cabbage Tree status = secure image width = 240px image caption = Cabbage tree in flower, Dunedin Botanical Gardens regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo …   Wikipedia

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