cabbage
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English caboche, from Middle French dialect (Norman & Picard), literally, head, noggin Date: 15th century 1. a. any of several brassicas (Brassica oleracea) of European origin; especially a leafy garden plant (Brassica oleracea capitata) with a short stem and a dense globular head of usually green leaves that is used as a vegetable b. any of several plants related to or resembling cabbage 2. slang money, cashcabbagey also cabbagy adjective II. noun Etymology: perhaps by folk etymology from Middle French cabas cheating, theft pieces of cloth left in cutting out garments and traditionally kept by tailors as perquisites III. transitive verb (cabbaged; cabbaging) Date: 1691 steal, filch

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  • 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cabbage — Cab bage, v. i. To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cabbage — (n.) mid 15c., caboge, from M.Fr. caboche head (in the Channel Islands, cabbage ), from O.Fr. caboce head, from L. caput head (see HEAD (Cf. head) (n.)). Introduced to Canada 1541 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage. First written record of it …   Etymology dictionary

  • CABBAGE — CABBAGE, vegetable known in rabbinic literature as keruv, i.e., kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala). Highly regarded for nutritive and medicinal purposes (Ber. 44b), its leaves were eaten raw or boiled (ibid. 38b), its stem, called isparagos… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cabbage — Cab bage, n. Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cabbage — ► NOUN 1) a vegetable with thick green or purple leaves surrounding a spherical heart or head of young leaves. 2) Brit. informal, derogatory a person with a very dull or limited life. 3) Brit. informal, offensive a person who is severely… …   English terms dictionary

  • cabbage — cabbage1 [kab′ij] n. [ME & OFr caboche, earlier caboce < ?] 1. a common vegetable (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) of the crucifer family, with thick leaves formed into a round, compact head on a short, thick stalk: cultivated as early as… …   English World dictionary

  • Cabbage — This article is about the vegetable. For other uses, see Cabbage (disambiguation). Cabbage Cabbage and its cross section Details …   Wikipedia

  • cabbage — cabbage1 cabbagelike, adj. /kab ij/, n. 1. any of several cultivated varieties of a plant, Brassica oleracea capitata, of the mustard family, having a short stem and leaves formed into a compact, edible head. 2. the head or leaves of this plant,… …   Universalium

  • cabbage — n. 1) red; savoy; white cabbage 2) boiled cabbage 3) a head of cabbage 4) (AE) corned beef and cabbage * * * [ kæbɪdʒ] savoy white cabbage (AE) corned beef and cabbage a head of cabbage boiled cabbage red …   Combinatory dictionary

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