Definition of cauliflower in English:

cauliflower

noun

  • 1A cabbage of a variety which bears a large immature flower head of small creamy-white flower buds.

    • ‘Varieties of kale will cross-pollinate, as well as with cabbages and cauliflowers.’
    • ‘Keep cabbages, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers covered with horticultural fleece or a fine netting to prevent cabbage white butterflies from laying eggs.’
    • ‘Among the varieties, there were 15 white cauliflowers, 3 purple cauliflowers, four broccolis, and a collard.’
    • ‘Everyone grew something: lettuce, radishes, spring onions, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflowers, new potatoes - it was the job of us junior commis chefs to prepare the salad ingredients for Sunday tea.’
    • ‘Cabbages and cauliflowers have to go from Jubilee Allotment gardens, Kendal, so the Cumbria Education Department can raise a crop of healthy children.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The flower head of the cauliflower eaten as a vegetable.
      • ‘Bring the water or stock to the boil, salt it well and cook the potato and cauliflower for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Well, I will admit that a concoction made of potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, swede turnips, onions and oatmeal is not very appetizing.’
      • ‘Brinjal, tomato, chillies, gourds and cauliflower were among the vegetables that would be displayed.’
      • ‘It is said to counteract flatulence and is often used in the cooking of pulses and other ‘windy’ vegetables such as cauliflower.’
      • ‘We opted to start with two entrées with enough of each for the six of us to share - honey cauliflower because I insisted and onion bhaji because we all had a hankering for it.’
      • ‘It was the seasonal vegetables which disappointed; cauliflower florets, mange tout and carrots, all looking a little anaemic and with no discernible taste at all.’
      • ‘Accompanying our main dishes came a side-dish of vegetables; boiled new potatoes, roast potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.’
      • ‘This reflected huge increases in the costs of a variety of fresh vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and squash.’
      • ‘We had roast potatoes and cauliflower and then something like apple tart with custard for afters.’
      • ‘Whether it's cauliflower or cranberries, eating more fruits and vegetables may play a role in preventing many forms of cancer.’
      • ‘First on the menu for repair and strengthening are daily servings of eggs, soy, spinach, cauliflower, peanuts, iceberg lettuce and apples.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong; in themselves, the vegetables - cauliflower in a cheese sauce, potato, broccoli, carrots and peas - were very tasty.’
      • ‘The vegetables include creamed cauliflower, mashed potato, roast potato, carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.’
      • ‘How about snails in hot tomato sauce, or refried cauliflower with garlic cloves?’
      • ‘Shred the vegetables and put cauliflower, beans and carrots in a pot of water, add some salt, take them out after boiling.’
      • ‘It came with seasonal vegetables including cauliflower, carrots, new potatoes and sliced courgettes.’
      • ‘The usual accompaniments of Yorkshire puddings and carrots and cauliflower and potatoes were there too, all equally well-prepared.’
      • ‘Masoor dal is delicious on its own, topped with fried onions and a dollop of yoghurt, or with cauliflower or peas.’
      • ‘The day we meet, she has already planned dinner that evening, and stocked up the vegetable drawers of her fridge with cauliflower, salad stuff and a couple of bulbs of fennel.’
      • ‘Vegetarians can enjoy such dishes as risotto with vegetables, zucchini with garlic sauce, breaded cauliflower and spinach purée with eggs.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French chou fleuri flowered cabbage, probably from Italian cavolfiore or modern Latin cauliflora. The original English form colieflorie or cole-flory had its first element influenced by cole; the second element was influenced by flower during the 17th century.

Pronunciation:

cauliflower

/ˈkɒlɪflaʊə/