• Provence. CABBAGE
    Provence. CABBAGE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cabbage make off with belongings of others
    • n cabbage any of various types of cabbage
    • n cabbage any of various cultivars of the genus Brassica oleracea grown for their edible leaves or flowers
    • n cabbage informal terms for money
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cabbage-beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala) and larva Cabbage-beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala) and larva

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac
    • Cabbage 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.
    • n Cabbage Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
    • Cabbage The cabbage palmetto. See below.
    • Cabbage The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below.
    • v. i Cabbage To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage .
    • v. i Cabbage To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer. "Your tailor . . . cabbages whole yards of cloth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playng baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.
    • n cabbage A variety of Brassica oleracea in which the thick, rounded, and strongly veined leaves are crowded in a large compact head upon a short, stout stem. See Brassica. Many kinds are extensively cultivated for use as a vegetable and in salads, pickles, etc. The tree - or cow-cabbage is a coarse form raised for cattle, very tall and branching when in flower. From the prominence of this species, the whole order of Cruciferæ is sometimes called the cabbage family.
    • n cabbage The large terminal bud of some kinds of palms, as the cabbage-palm.
    • cabbage To form a head like that of a cabbage in growing: as, a plant cabbages.
    • n cabbage The part of a deer's head wherein the horns are set.
    • n cabbage A part of a head-dress worn by women in the eighteenth century, described as a roll at the back of the head.
    • cabbage To grow to a head: said of the horns of a deer.
    • cabbage To purloin; specifically, to keep possession of part of a customer's cloth from which a garment has been made.
    • n cabbage Anything filched; specifically, cloth purloined by a tailor who makes garments from material supplied by his customers.
    • n cabbage See gall-weevil, etc.
    • cabbage To crib or appropriate dishonestly; use surreptitiously; cab.
    • n cabbage A cab or crib, used surreptitiously by a school-boy in preparing his lessons or writing his exercises.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you chew a cabbage/lettuce leaf properly, you'll lose more energy than you'll gain from actually eating it.
    • n Cabbage kab′āj a well-known kitchen vegetable
    • v.t., v.i Cabbage kab′āj to purloin, esp. a tailor of portions of a customer's cloth
    • n Cabbage cloth so appropriated
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “The question of common sense is what is it good for? A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “I want death to find me planting my cabbage”
  • Mark Twain
    “He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, The repetition kills the wretch at last.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing, but cabbage with a college education.”


Cat's arse and cabbage - (UK) The idiom "cat fur and kitty britches" reminded me of this saying that my granny used when asked what was for dinner, and was her way too of saying you get what you're given! This was in Gloucestershire, UK and in the first part of the 20th century.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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 Cape


In literature:

Meat Curry with Cabbage.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
The season had been wet and cold, their barley did not ripen well, and the cabbages never half closed in the garden.
"Granny's Wonderful Chair" by Frances Browne
Select a small heavy cabbage, remove outside leaves, and cut cabbage in quarters; with a sharp knife slice very thinly.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
The apple has not been bred "true to seed" as has the cabbage and sweet pea.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
The larvae of the cabbage-butterfly sometimes do a great deal of harm by eating the cabbage leaves.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Bidoux, and she sells cabbages and asparagus and charcoal at No.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Now one day the hare came to steal the man's cabbage.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
For example, a piece of land may be adapted to cabbage, celery, potatoes or hay.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
They live on boiled cabbage!
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

"On every head of lettuce green--
What do you think of that?--
And every head of cabbage, too,
He tied a garden hat.
"July" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Peter knew his limitations,—
Never needed intimations
Which tunes he was not to sing
What new cabbage pleased the king.
"Peter" by Laura Benet
What kind of soap does London like?
Does Robert Chambers ever "hike"?
Or did he ever? Or, if not,
Does he like cabbage, cheese, or what?
"Reasonable Interest" by Ellis Parker Butler
What has become of the ‘Cabbage Rose’
That steered for the oping sea
And what has become of them and those
That went for a trip in she?
"The Fate Of The 'Cabbage Rose'" by Wallace Irwin
But what has become of the ‘Cabbage Rose’
And her capting, Ezra Flower?
Dumd if I cares and dumd if I knows
She’s only been gone an hour.
"The Fate Of The 'Cabbage Rose'" by Wallace Irwin
Then to quiet them comes their father
And stills the riot of pain and grief,
Saying, "Little ones, go and gather
Out of my garden a cabbage-leaf.
"Butterflies" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Green Cabbage and Apple Sauté.
Sautéed Cabbage and Carrots with Turmeric.
Kathleen Brooks is seen with the cabbage she grew as part of a nation-wide contest.
CHICOPEE — The Massachusetts winner of a national program to encourage children to grow cabbage plants has a secret: she doesn't like cabbage.
Fried red cabbage (rotkraut), and sauteed apples with maple glaze (center).
The seeder comes with six horizontal seed plates with different size holes in the plates to meter out the seeds including fine seeds such as mustard, broccoli, cabbage and turnips.
Even as snow or ice still covers the ground, skunk cabbage begins to grow.
Was out on the south side of Roman Nose Mt this weekend and saw a patch of skunk Cabbage .
Skunk Cabbage Click to enlarge.
Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" and two other judges thought Dickenson's meal of pork in groundhog gravy, sautéed cabbage, carrots and potatoes, biscuits and Headlight Dessert tasted like something their grandmothers would have made.
1 large head cabbage, cleaned and coarsely chopped.
Executive chef Marc Gilberti at Elmwood Fitness Center created a healthy take on the local cabbage tradition for New Year's Day.
Shredded green or Chinese cabbage 3 lb.
Starting seeds indoors turns out to be a necessary skill if you want success with early crops that prefer cooler temperatures during the growing season like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Valentina's Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel .

In science:

The second problem is the well-known Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
The constraint-based encodings perform well in solving the instances of the Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Experimental results for instances of the Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
A) eq 0, is in(B) eq 0], alive eq 0) :obj(A), obj(B), diff(A,B,man). caused([is in(wolf) eq is in(goat), is in(man) neq is in(wolf)], alive eq 0). caused([is in(cabbage) eq is in(goat), is in(man) neq is in(cabbage)], alive eq 0).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Transforming cabbage into turnip: Polynomial algorithm for sorting signed permutations by reversals. J.
Effect of scale on long-range random graphs and chromosomal inversions