Definition of brassica in English:

brassica

noun

  • A plant of a genus that includes cabbage, swede, rape, and mustard.

    • ‘Though the tender young flower shoots of any of the Asian brassicas can be delicious, choy sum types have been developed especially for their flower stalks and buds.’
    • ‘In addition to vegetable staples such as brassicas, carrots, leeks, beans, beetroot and peas, there are a host of exotica such as easy-to-grow, cut-and-come-again Oriental greens.’
    • ‘So, this year, we are going to give the vegetable plot a rest from growing brassicas (plants in the cabbage family) and onion crops.’
    • ‘Summer-seeded brassicas extend the grazing season in late fall and early winter.’
    • ‘Some of the most destructive garden pests are the worms that destroy the brassicas.’
    • ‘The brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc.) along with salad greens, beets and carrots all can be planted outside a few weeks prior to the last frost.’
    • ‘Swede is a long-season brassica that produces a large edible root.’
    • ‘I also did some watering, moved my ornamental brassica seedlings into the sun room (along with the basil) and sprayed my pear tree with bug spray since it's covered in aphids.’
    • ‘At lower elevations where nights are above freezing, continue planting leafy greens, begin direct seeding peas, and start brassicas and onions in flats.’
    • ‘The main rotation crops are potatoes, legumes (peas and beans), brassicas (cabbage family) and root vegetables.’
    • ‘They sell new potatoes, baby eggplant, tender zucchini, diminutive brassicas, cherry tomatoes, and more.’
    • ‘This year we're experimenting with more fall brassicas like radish, mustard and rape.’
    • ‘Annual crops, like brassicas, and crop aftermath can be utilized.’
    • ‘The hardiest of brassicas, plants are best raised in the early summer (around May) by sowing into a seedbed outside, or in pots.’
    • ‘I planted these three brassicas (members of the cabbage family) next to each other.’
    • ‘Indoors, start some lettuce, early brassicas (cabbage, broccoli and relatives), and bulb onions from seed.’
    • ‘For example, various brassicas (similar to wild mustard) produce oils similar in quality to that of canola, and peanuts have an interesting flavor.’
    • ‘This fits in well with a rotation of brassicas and potatoes.’
    • ‘Many vegetables and herbs are highly ornamental, and potagers have become an art form in themselves, with patterns of exotically coloured salad plants and brassicas being displayed within neatly clipped box hedges.’
    • ‘Chinese cabbages do not belong to the same species as European brassicas and are treated separately.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘cabbage’.

Pronunciation

brassica

/ˈbrasɪkə/