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1A common cultivar of the cabbage Brassica oleracea, with a firm, very pale green head of leaves, commonly used as a vegetable, in salads, and for pickling.
2The Chinese cabbage, a cultivar of the turnip, Brassica rapa.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary.
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