Etymology
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broccoli (n.)

variety of common cabbage with a dense, edible head, 1690s, from Italian broccoli, plural of broccolo "a sprout, cabbage sprout," diminutive of brocco "shoot, protruding tooth, small nail," from Latin broccus (see broach (n.)).

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Definitions of broccoli

broccoli (n.)
plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds;
Synonyms: Brassica oleracea italica
broccoli (n.)
branched green undeveloped flower heads;
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