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Webster 1913 Edition


Cabbage

Cab′bage

(kăb′bā̍j)
,
Noun.
[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
.]
(Bot.)
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
, below.
3.
The cabbage palmetto. See below.
Cabbage aphis
(Zoöl.)
,
a green plant-louse (
Aphis brassicæ
) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.
Cabbage beetle
(Zoöl.)
,
a small, striped flea-beetle (
Phyllotreta vittata
) which lives, in the larval state, on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage and other cruciferous plants.
Cabbage fly
(Zoöl.)
,
a small two-winged fly (
Anthomyia brassicæ
), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state, on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to the crop.
Cabbage head
,
the compact head formed by the leaves of a cabbage; – contemptuously or humorously, and colloquially, a very stupid and silly person; a numskull.
Cabbage palmetto
,
a species of palm tree (
Sabal Palmetto
) found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Cabbage rose
(Bot.)
,
a species of rose (
Rosa centifolia
) having large and heavy blossoms.
Cabbage tree
,
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
and
Oreodoxa oleracea
of the West Indies.
Sea cabbage
.
(Bot.)
(a)
Sea kale
(b)
.
The original Plant (
Brassica oleracea
), from which the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., have been derived by cultivation.
Thousand-headed cabbage
.

Cab′bage

,
Verb.
I.
To form a head like that the cabbage;
as, to make lettuce
cabbage
.
Johnson.

Cab′bage

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Cabbaged
(-bā̍jd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Cabbaging
(-bā̍-jĭng)
.]
[F.
cabasser
, fr. OF.
cabas
theft; cf. F.
cabas
basket, and OF.
cabuser
to cheat.]
To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
Your tailor . . .
cabbages
whole yards of cloth.
Arbuthnot.

Cab′bage

,
Noun.
Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cabbage

CABBAGE

,
Noun.
A genus of plants, called in botany Brassica, of several species; some of which are cultivated for food. The leaves are large and fleshy, the pods long and slender, and the seeds globular. The kinds most cultivated are the common cabbage, called with us the drum-head, the Savoy, the broccoli, the cauliflower, the sugar-loaf, and the cole-wort.
Dogs cabbage, a name given to the Thelygonum cynocrambe. Fam. of Plants.
Sea-cabbage, n. The sea-beach kale, or sea-colewort, a genus of plants, called crambe. They are herbaceous esculents, with perennial roots, producing large leaves like those of cabbage, spreading on the ground.

Definition 2022


cabbage

cabbage

English

Noun

A head of cabbage.

cabbage (countable and uncountable, plural cabbages)

  1. An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable.
    Cabbage is good for you.
  3. (countable, offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage.
    After the car crash, he became a cabbage.
  4. Used as a term of endearment.
    • 2009, Tom Stoppard, Helen Rappaport, The Cherry Orchard, translation of Вишнëвый сад ("Vishniovy sad") by Anton Chekhov, published 1904, page 31:
      If you deceive me, Yasha, I don't know if my nerves could stand it. YASHA (kissing her) My little cabbage! Of course, a girl must know her place.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Money.
  6. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana leaf, the part that is not smoked but from which cannabutter can be extracted.
  7. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used for food.
  8. The cabbage palmetto.
Synonyms
  • (plant): cabbage plant, cole
  • (leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable): cole, greens
  • (person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage): vegetable
Translations

Verb

cabbage (third-person singular simple present cabbages, present participle cabbaging, simple past and past participle cabbaged)

  1. (intransitive) To form a head like that of the cabbage.
    to make lettuce cabbage

Etymology 2

Unclear. Perhaps from Dutch (*)kabbassen, from Old French cabasser (put into a basket), from cabas.[5] Alternatively, perhaps from an earlier word (*)carbage ("shred"), a potential variant of (*)garbage "wheat straw".[1]

Noun

cabbage (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, slang) Scraps of cloth which are left after a garment has been cut out, which tailors traditionally kept.

Verb

cabbage (third-person singular simple present cabbages, present participle cabbaging, simple past and past participle cabbaged)

  1. (transitive) To purloin or embezzle; to pilfer, to steal.
    • Arbuthnot
      Your tailor [] cabbages whole yards of cloth.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.
Synonyms

References

  1. 1 2 3 cabbage” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. 1 2 cabbage” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2015.
  3. caboche”, in MED Online, University of Michigan, 2007
  4. caboche” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
  5. cabbage in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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