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From Anglo-Norman caboche, "head", from the Picard or Norman/Old Northern French dialect of Old French. This in turn is a variant of the Old French caboce, most likely a diminutive from Latin caput ‎(head), but also possibly related to boce ‎(hump, bump)



A head of cabbage.

cabbage ‎(countable and uncountable, plural cabbages)

  1. An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable.
    Cabbage is good for you.
  3. (countable, offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage.
    After the car crash, he became a cabbage.
  4. Used as a term of endearment.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
  6. (uncountable, slang) Money.
  7. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana leaf, the part that is not smoked but from which cannabutter can be extracted.
  8. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used for food.
  9. The cabbage palmetto.


  • (plant): cabbage plant, cole
  • (leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable): cole, greens
  • (person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage): vegetable



cabbage ‎(third-person singular simple present cabbages, present participle cabbaging, simple past and past participle cabbaged)

  1. (intransitive) To form a head like that of the cabbage.
    to make lettuce cabbage
  2. (transitive) To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
    • Arbuthnot
      Your tailor [] cabbages whole yards of cloth.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.


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