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kohlrabi (kōl´rä´bē) [Ger. partly from Ital.,=turnip cabbage], plant (Brassica caulorapa, sometimes classified as var. caulorapa of the cabbage species) of the family Cruciferae (mustard family), with an edible, turniplike, swollen stem. It is a cool-weather plant grown more in Europe, where some varieties are used for fodder, than in America. The flavor is more delicate than that of some of the other cabbage plants. Kohlrabi is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales, family Cruciferae.

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kohl·ra·bi / kōlˈräbē/ • n. (pl. -bies ) a cabbage of a variety with an edible turniplike swollen stem.

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kohlrabi cabbage with turnip-like stem. XIX. — G. — (with assim. to kohl COLE) It. cauli or cavoli rape, pl. of cavolo rapa, repr. medL. caulorapa; see COLE, RAPE2.

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kohlrabi Swollen stem of Brassica oleracea gongylodes (turnip‐rooted cabbage, kale turnip (USA)); there are green and purple varieties. A 50‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin C and supplies 10 kcal (40 kJ).