(Old English) cabage, from (French) cabus headed (of cabbages), chou cobus headed cabbage, cabbage head; confer (Italian) capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl, hood, cabbage, from capo head, (Latin) caput, or from (Italian) cappa cape. See Chiff, Cape.
(Botanical)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 (Zoölogy), a green plant-louse (Aphis brassicae) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage. -- Cabbage Beetle (Zoölogy), 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 butterfly (Zoölogy), a white butterfly (Pieris rapae of both Europe and America, and the Allied P. oleracea, a native American species) which, in the larval state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip. See Cabbage worm, below. -- Cabbage Fly (Zoölogy), a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia brassicae), 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 (Botanical), 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. -- Cabbage worm (Zoölogy), the larva of several species of moths and butterfies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is usully the larva of a white butterfly. See Cabbage Butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks or young plants during the night, are the larvae of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See Cutworm. -- Sea cabbage.(Botanical, a) Sea kale (b). The original Plant (Brassica oleracea), from which the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. have been derived by cultivation. -- Thousand-headed cabbage. See Brussels sprouts.
imperfect & participlep Cabbaged; present participle & verbal noun Cabbaging ; (French) cabasser, from (Old French) cabas theft; confer (French) cabas basket, and (Old French) cabuser to cheat.
To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage. Johnson.
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.
Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
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From Anglo-Norman caboche, "head", from the Picard or Norman/Old Northern French dialect of Old French. This in turn is a variant of the Old French caboce, most likely a diminutive from Latin caput (“head”), but also possibly related to boce (“hump, bump”)
(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
A head of cabbage. cabbage (countable and uncountable, plural cabbages) An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves. (uncountable) The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable. Cabbage is good for you. (countable, offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage. After the car crash, he became a cabbage. 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. (uncountable, slang) Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments. (uncountable, slang) Money. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana leaf, the part that is not smoked but from which cannabutter can be extracted. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used for food. The cabbage palmetto.
cabbage (third-person singular simple present cabbages, present participle cabbaging, simple past and past participle cabbaged) (intransitive) To form a head like that of the cabbage. to make lettuce cabbage (transitive) To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer. Arbuthnot Your tailor cabbages whole yards of cloth. 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, 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.
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