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An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) in the mustard family, having large smooth spreading leaves.
[Variant of colewort.]
1. (Plants) a variety of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, having a crown of edible leaves. See also kale1
2. (Plants) the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
[C18: variant of colewort]
1. a variety of kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, grown in the southern U.S., having a rosette of green leaves.
2. collards. Also called col′lard greens`. the leaves of this plant, eaten cooked as a vegetable.
[1745–55; variant of colewort]