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

 

colcannon

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kɒlˈkænən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːlˈkænən//
 
[uncountable]
 
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an Irish or Scottish dish made from potatoes and cabbage Word Origin late 18th cent.: from cole, a type of plant, for example cabbage; the origin of the second element cannon is uncertain but it is said that cannonballs were used to mash such vegetables as spinach.