kale

Kale is a green leafy vegetable that's a close relative of cabbage and broccoli. Kale is tough and bitter when raw, but it can be yummy when you prepare it the right way.

If you're a fan of green smoothies, there's almost certainly some kale in them. Marinating kale, roasting it with olive oil and salt, and throwing it in a stir fry are all great ways to make kale tasty. Long ago, kale was also a slang term for "money," as in, "Hand over the kale, sweetheart, and nobody gets hurt." Kale comes from a Scottish variation on cole, which meant "cabbage" in Middle English.

Definitions of kale
  1. noun
    a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head
    synonyms: Brassica oleracea acephala, borecole, cole, colewort, kail
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    types:
    collard
    variety of kale having smooth leaves
    type of:
    crucifer, cruciferous plant
    any of various plants of the family Cruciferae
  2. noun
    coarse curly-leafed cabbage
    synonyms: cole, kail
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    types:
    collard greens, collards
    kale that has smooth leaves
    type of:
    cabbage, chou
    any of various types of cabbage
  3. noun
    informal terms for money
    synonyms: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, lettuce, lolly, loot, lucre, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
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    type of:
    money
    the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender
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