- 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.
- (offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage.
After the car crash, he became a cabbage.
- (uncountable) Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
- (uncountable) Money
- To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage.
- To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CABBAGE. Cloth, stuff, or silkpurloined by laylors from
their employers, which they deposit in a place called
HELL, or their EYE: from the first, when taxed, with their
knavery, they equivocally swear, that if they have taken
any, they wish they may find it in HELL; or, alluding to the
second, protest, that what they have over and above is
not more than they could put in their EYE.--When the scrotum
is relaxed or whiffled, it is said they will not cabbage.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
CABBAGE, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and
wise as a man's head.
The cabbage is so called from Cabagius, a prince who on ascending
the throne issued a decree appointing a High Council of Empire
consisting of the members of his predecessor's Ministry and the
cabbages in the royal garden. When any of his Majesty's measures of
state policy miscarried conspicuously it was gravely announced that
several members of the High Council had been beheaded, and his
murmuring subjects were appeased.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Cab"bage (kăb"b&asl;j), n.
[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
2. The terminal bud of certain palm
trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree,
3. The cabbage palmetto. See
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
butterfly (Zoöl.), a white butterfly
(Pieris rapæ 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 (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. -- Cabbage worm
(Zoöl.), the larva of several species of moths
and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is
usually the larva of a white butterfly. See Cabbage
butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the
stalks of young plants during the night, are the larvæ of
several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See
Cutworm. -- 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. See Brussels
Cab"bage, v. i. To form a head
like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage.
Cab"bage, v. i. [imp. & p.
p Cabbaged (-b&asl;jd); p. pr. & vb.
n. Cabbaging (-b&asl;*j&ibreve;ng).] [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
Cab"bage, n. Cloth or
clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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