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Definition: Cabbage aphis
(k[a^]b"b[asl]j), n. [OE. cabage, fr. F.
cabus headed (of cabbages), chou cabus headed cabbage,
cabbage head; cf. It. capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl,
hood, cabbage, fr. capo head, L. caput, or fr. It. cappa
cape. See Chief
1. 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.
2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like,
cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree
3. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
(Zo["o]l.), a green plant-louse (Aphis brassic[ae]
) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.
(Zo["o]l.), a small, striped flea-beetle
) which lives, in the larval state,
on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage
and other cruciferous plants.
(Zo["o]l.), a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia brassic[ae]
), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state,
on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to
, the compact head formed by the leaves of a
cabbage; -- contemptuously or humorously, and
colloquially, a very stupid and silly person; a numskull.
, a species of palm tree (Sabal Palmetto
found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida.
(Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa centifolia
having large and heavy blossoms.
, Cabbage palm
, a name given to palms having
a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto
of the United States, and the Euterpe oleracea
of the West Indies.
(a) Sea kale
(b) . The original Plant (Brassica oleracea
), from which
the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., have been
derived by cultivation.
. See Brussels sprouts