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kale, borecole (bôr´kōl), and collards, common names for nonheading, hardy types of cabbage (var. acephala and sometimes others), with thick stems and curly leaves, belonging to the family Cruciferae (mustard family). They are grown for greens and, in Europe, for fodder. In the Channel Islands a tall fodder variety, known as Jersey kale, Jersey cabbage, or cow cabbage, grows to more than 7 ft (2.1 m). Kale (or kail) is a cool-weather crop—frost improves the flavor. In the United States the principal commercial growing regions are in Virginia and on Long Island. Kale is closest in form to the wild cabbage. In Scotland the word kale is used for cabbages of any kind. Sea kale is a European herb of another mustard genus Crambe, found along the northern coasts and often used as a potherb. Kale, borecole, and collards are all classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales, family Cruciferae.

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kale, kail cabbage XIII (cale); cabbage broth XV. north. var. of COLE.
Hence kailyard cabbage-garden (YARD1), familiar since 1895 as an epithet of fiction and its authors (literature of the k., k. school) describing, with much use of the vernacular, common life in Scotland.

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kale Hardy, crop plant related to the cabbage. It is short-stemmed and has large, bluish-green, curly-edged leaves. It may reach a height of 61cm (24in). Family Brassicaceae; (sub)species Brassica oleracea acephala.

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kale Scottish name for any type of cabbage; in England it means specifically open‐headed varieties of cabbage with curly leaves, also known as curly kale or borecole. Distinct from sea kale or Swiss chard.

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kale / kāl/ • n. a hardy cabbage of a variety that produces erect stems with large leaves and no compact head. See also curly kale.

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