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Colewort \Cole"wort`\, n. [AS. cawlwyrt; cawl cole + wyrt wort. Cf. Collards.]

  1. A variety of cabbage in which the leaves never form a compact head.

  2. Any white cabbage before the head has become firm.


n. A plant of the genus ''Brassica''; now specifically, a Brassica plant without a head used for food, such as kale.


n. a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head [syn: kale, kail, cole, borecole, Brassica oleracea acephala]

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For the space also of six hundred years the colewort only was a medicine in Rome for all diseases, so that his virtues were thoroughly known in those parts.