Definition of pe tsai in English:

pe tsai


  • [mass noun] Chinese leaf of a variety which resembles lettuce.

    • ‘A member of the brassica family, this cabbage is also known as Napa, celery cabbage, pe-tsai, hakusai, wong bok, and Peking cabbage.’
    • ‘The pe-tsai of the Chinese is an annual, apparently intermediate between cabbage and the turnip but with much thinner leaves than the former.’


Late 18th century: from Chinese ( Cantonese dialect) báicài, literally white vegetable.


pe tsai

/peɪ ˈtsʌɪ/