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Definition of cabbage:

  1. A genus of plants embracing several species and varieties differing much in appearance and qualities: such as the common cabbage ( B. oleracea), broccoli, cauliflowers, etc.; the wild turnip ( B. campestris); the common turnip ( B. rapa); the rape or coleseed ( B. napus), etc.
  2. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The common cabbage has a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc., are sometimes classed as cabbages.
  3. Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
  4. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
  5. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See tree, below.
  6. To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage.
  7. To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.


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