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1A distinct area of land used for growing cabbages.
2Figurative and in extended use. Frequently (chiefly North American): (traditionally, as in explanation to children) the place where newborn babies are found.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Vancouver (bap. 1756, d. ?1815), agricultural improver and writer. From cabbage + patch.
cabbage patch/ˈkabɪdʒ patʃ/
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