Definition of kohlrabi in English:



  • A cabbage of a variety with an edible turnip-like swollen stem.

    • ‘The pale delicacy of marinated yellowtail is bolstered by a feisty trio of kohlrabi, radish, and mint.’
    • ‘The gardeners plant a good mix of vegetables, including cucumbers, snap beans, leaf lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, beets, onions and more.’
    • ‘The carrots, zucchini, and kohlrabi for the early meal's main casserole lay beside it.’
    • ‘Place the kohlrabi into a juicer and extract the liquid.’
    • ‘Cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts predominate, but he also grows potatoes and sugar snap peas.’


Early 19th century: via German from Italian cavoli rape, plural of cavola rapa, from medieval Latin caulorapa, from Latin caulis (see cole) + rapum, rapa turnip; compare with French chou-rave.