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From Italian broccolo, singular of broccoli.


broccolo (plural broccoli)

  1. Rare form of broccoli.
    • a. 1890, “Epilogue—The Stove”, in Richard Burton, transl., Il Pentamerone; or, the Tale of Tales. [], volume the second, London: Henry and Co., [], translation of Il Pentamerone: Lo Cunto de li Cunti by Giambattista Basile, published 1893, page 341:
      Meanwhile he groweth like a wild nettle, / And shooteth up like unto a broccolo, / Papa sendeth him to school, / And expendeth upon him his coins of gold;
      • a. 2005, The Bread and the Rose: A Trilingual Anthology of Neapolitan Poetry from the 16th Century to the Present, translation of Il Pentamerone: Lo Cunto de li Cunti by Giambattista Basile, →ISBN, page 42:
        Like a wild weed meanwhile that infant grows, / and like a broccolo he’s soon in bloom: / he’s sent to school, []
    • 1913, Trevor Monmouth, Vegetable Culture for Amateurs: Alphabetically Arranged with a Practical Calendar of Operations for the Year, London: L. Upcott Gill, pages 25, 28:
      CELERY. (Apium graveolens.) / A cross between a Broccolo and a Cabbage, but not now better for attention. [] CHOU DE BURGHLEY. / A cross between a Broccolo and a Cabbage, but not now grown to any extent.
    • 1927 May 12, The Otago Daily Times, “Vegetables”, page 7, column 3:
      (Open Classes.) / Judge: Mr L. Page. / [] Two broccoli. One entry—G. H. Bayles 1. [] / One broccolo. One entry—Ivan Boyes 1.
    • 1946 January 24, The Pilot-Tribune, volume 76, number 39, Blair, Neb., page 2, column 2:
      “Filler” item in a daily newspaper: “The singular of broccoli is broccolo.” / In other words: / Customer: “I’ll have a dish of broccoli, please.” / Waiter: “I’m veddy soddy, sir, but we don’t have a single broccolo in the place today.” / And that ends our little lesson on the etiquette of grammar for today. You may go now, children—and never forget, we always eat every last broccolo on our plate.”
    • 1974 March 8, Dick Nolan, “Bridge goes bananas”, in San Francisco Examiner, number 232, San Francisco, Calif., page 37, column 5:
      The idea of enticing women aboard with the promise of a banana burgeoned like a blooming broccolo.
    • 1977 September 1, Marian H. Mundy, “Today’s Mundy: Under-Beamed and Over-Zucchinied”, in The Bernardsville News, volume 79, number 36, Bernardsville, N.J., section “Grow Power”, page 15, column 3:
      Technically, there is no such thing as one zucchini. We rarely refer to one spaghetto or one broccolo, because it’s not considered good form to serve just one. But there are a lot of broccoli - a whole bunch, in fact, - on a single stem, whereas there is only one zucchino.
    • 1991 December 29, L.M. Boyd, The Sunday Times, Munster, Ind., page I-1, column 1:
      If you only ate one branch of the broccoli on your plate, you ate a broccolo.
    • 2004 March 4, L.M. Boyd, Victoria Advocate, number 302, Victoria, Tex., page 5D, column 4:
      Some always suffer a bad hair day while others eat a broccolo
    • 2004 May 16, Bob Cunningham, “040516 1252Z”, in alt.usage.english (Usenet):
      > >> Or "I didn't use much to like broccoli." / > >I didn't use to lie broccoli much. / > It is best to be honest with broccoli. They see right through a lie. / You can fool one broccolo all of the time; you can fool all broccoli some of the time; but you can't fool all broccoli all of the time.



Diminutive of brocco (shoot, sprout) (which is also the origin of brocade),[1] from Latin broccus (projecting, pointed),[2] of Gaulish origin, related to Gaelic brog (awl).[3]


  • IPA(key): /ˈbrɔk.ko.lo/
  • Rhymes: -ɔkkolo
  • Hyphenation: bròc‧co‧lo


broccolo m (plural broccoli)

  1. broccoli
  2. (figurative) stupid person


  • Catalan: bròquil
  • English: broccolo, broccoli


  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “broccoli”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “brocade”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  3. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “broach”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.