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any of several cultivated varieties of a plant, Brassica oleracea capitata, of the mustard family, having a short stem and leaves formed into a compact, edible head.
the head or leaves of this plant, eaten cooked or raw.
Slang. money, especially paper money.
Chiefly British Informal.

a stupid, dull, or spiritless person.
a mentally impaired person who is unable to live independently; vegetable.

Chiefly British.

cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.

to steal; pilfer:
He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.
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Historical Examples

Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries C. J. S. Thompson
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 4, April 23, 1870 Various
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The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay Arthur Phillip

Also called cole. any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) See also brassica, savoy Compare skunk cabbage, Chinese cabbage
wild cabbage, a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred

the head of a cabbage
the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm

(informal) a dull or unimaginative person
(informal, offensive) a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence
snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer’s material
to steal; pilfer


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