• WordNet 3.6
    • n colewort a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Colewort A variety of cabbage in which the leaves never form a compact head.
    • Colewort Any white cabbage before the head has become firm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colewort The common cultivated cabbage, Brassica oleracea.
    • n colewort A young cabbage cut before the head is formed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cawlwyrt,; cawl, cole + wyrt, wort. Cf. Collards


In literature:

I plant coleworts, said he.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Dined at home on a poor Lenten dinner of coleworts and bacon.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1661" by Samuel Pepys
Colewort is of a similar origin.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 19, Issue 549 (Supplementary issue)" by Various
Coleworts may be sown in June, July, and August for succession, placing them about a foot apart, and cutting before they heart.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
A feast was prepared, at which there were doves, thrushes, coleworts, and toasted cheese, besides many other things.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
The Colewort, strictly speaking, is a plant distinct from the other varieties of Cabbage.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Transplant cabbage plants and coleworts, where they are to remain.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
If the Burn hath made an Escar or Crust, it may be remov'd with fresh Butter spread upon a Colewort or Cabbage Leaf, and apply'd hot.
"The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method" by Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
Here's green coleworts and brocoli.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
Sow scarlet and white runner beans for a late crop, and cabbages for coleworts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

Green coleworts from a wooden bowl
He ate; but careful was his soul,
For if he saw another day,
Thenceforth was he in Boncoeur’s pay.
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris
There, in a clearing of the wood,
Was John’s house, neither fair nor good.
In a ragged plot his house anigh,
Thin coleworts grew but wretchedly.
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris