One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of "cabbage"; pilfering, purloining.
The growth or formation of a head or heart (by a cabbage, lettuce, etc.).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Diverting Muse. From cabbage + -ing<br>early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Bradley (?1688–1732), botanist and writer. From cabbage + -ing.
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