One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
More fully "lacinato kale". A variety of kale having long, narrow, dark green leaves with a puckered surface; = "cavolo nero".
1990s; earliest use found in HortIdeas. From Italian laciniato, probably a specific use of laciniato, perhaps ultimately arising from scientific Latin laciniatus, as an epithet originally applied to forms of kale with laciniate (jagged) leaves.
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