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A budding cauliflower plant.


From 16th century cole-florye. Compare Latin caulis, French chou-fleur, Italian cavolfiore.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒl.i.flaʊ.ə/, /ˈkɒl.ɪ.flaʊ.ə/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɔl.ɪˌflaʊ.ɚ/, /ˈkɔl.əˌflaʊ.ɚ/
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cauliflower (plural cauliflowers)

  1. Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, an annual variety of cabbage, of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.
    • 1767, A Lady [Hannah Glasse], The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Eaſy [] [1], page 326:
      ASPARAGUS, cauliflowers, imperial Sileſia, royal and cabbage lettuces, burnet, purſlain, cucumbers, naſturtian flowers, peaſe and beans ſown in October, artichokes, ſcarlet ſtrawberries, and kidney beans.
  2. The edible head or curd of a cauliflower plant.
  3. The swelling of a cauliflower ear.
    • 2018, John Harding, The Whitechapel Whirlwind: The Jack Kid Berg Story:
      His ears were small (fortunately so, given his dramatic hairstyle) and bore no traditional cauliflowers.

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