One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cabbage of a variety with an edible turniplike swollen stem.
- ‘The carrots, zucchini, and kohlrabi for the early meal's main casserole lay beside it.’
- ‘The pale delicacy of marinated yellowtail is bolstered by a feisty trio of kohlrabi, radish, and mint.’
- ‘Place the kohlrabi into a juicer and extract the liquid.’
- ‘The gardeners plant a good mix of vegetables, including cucumbers, snap beans, leaf lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, beets, onions and more.’
- ‘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.
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