Definition of cauliflower noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒliflaʊə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːliflaʊər//
, NAmE//ˈkɑːliflaʊər//
[uncountable, countable] Vegetables
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a vegetable with green leaves around a large hard white head of flowers Do you like cauliflower? two cauliflowers See related entries: Vegetables Word Originlate 16th cent.: from obsolete French chou fleuri ‘flowered cabbage’, probably from Italian cavolfiore or modern Latin cauliflora. The original English form colieflorie or cole-flory had its first element influenced by ‘cole’, the brassica type of plant, to which it belongs; the second element was influenced by flower during the 17th cent.
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