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An Irish dish of mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale and often other vegetables, seasoned with butter.

[Irish Gaelic cál ceannan : cál, cabbage (from Old Irish, from Latin caulis) + ceannan, white-headed (ceann, head, from Old Irish cenn; see pendragon + fionn, white, from Old Irish find; see weid- in Indo-European roots).]
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(kəlˈkænən; ˈkɒlˌkænən)
(Cookery) a dish, originating in Ireland, of potatoes and cabbage or other greens boiled and mashed together
[C18: from Irish Gaelic cál ceannann, literally: white-headed cabbage]
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(kəlˈkæn ən, ˈkɔl kæn-)

an Irish dish of boiled potatoes and cabbage or kale mashed together with milk or butter.
[1765–75; < Irish cál ceannann literally white-headed cabbage]
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