Definition of pe tsai in US English:

pe tsai

noun

  • Chinese cabbage of a pale variety that 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pe tsai

/ˌpā ˈtsī/