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ˈbrɒk ə li, ˈbrɒk libroc·coli

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broccoli, Brassica oleracea italica(noun)

    plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds

  2. broccoli(noun)

    branched green undeveloped flower heads


  1. broccoli(Noun)

    A plant of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae); especially, the tree-shaped flower and stalk that are eaten as a vegetable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broccoli(noun)

    a plant of the Cabbage species (Brassica oleracea) of many varieties, resembling the cauliflower. The "curd," or flowering head, is the part used for food


  1. Broccoli

    Broccoli is a plant in the cabbage family, whose large flower head is used as a vegetable. The word broccoli, from the Italian plural of broccolo, refers to "the flowering top of a cabbage". Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw and has become popular as a raw vegetable in hors d'œuvre trays. The leaves may also be eaten. Broccoli is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea. Broccoli has large flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like structure on branches sprouting from a thick, edible stalk. The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli most closely resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species. Broccoli was derived from cultivated leafy cole crops in the Northern Mediterranean in about the 6th century BCE. Since the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians. Broccoli was brought to England from Antwerp in the mid-18th century by Peter Scheemakers. Broccoli was first introduced to the United States by Italian immigrants but did not become widely known there until the 1920s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broccoli

    brok′o-li, n. a cultivated kind of cabbage resembling cauliflower, of which it is originally a hardy variety. [It.; pl. of broccolo, a sprout, dim. of brocco, a skewer, a shoot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. broccoli

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created in various colors and species.

    Broccoli is grown and sold as a food product throughout the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 18, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broccoli in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broccoli in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of broccoli in a Sentence

  1. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser:

    People who have a more active lifestyle with more exercise tend to have better gut health. There’s good evidence that poor diets, especially those high in saturated fat, are associated with leaky gut, so when we’re stressed we don’t reach for broccoli, we reach for the donuts, we also sleep more poorly when under stress, and poor sleep can also contribute to leaky gut based on animal data.

  2. Seamus Mullen:

    My grandmother had a lot of broccoli, you either ate it or went hungry. If the option for something bad isn’t there, you can’t eat it.

  3. Alexandra Miller:

    This consists primarily of lean protein, such as salmon or flank steak, and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, green beans or cauliflower.

  4. Child Age 7:

    I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

  5. Fox News:

    The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which has been shown to prevent and fight a wide variety of cancers in test tube research.

Images & Illustrations of broccoli

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