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Kale \Kale\, n. [Scot. kale, kail, cale, colewort, Gael. cael; akin to Ir. cal, W. cawl, Armor. kaol. See Cole.]

  1. (Bot.) A variety of cabbage in which the leaves do not form a head, being nearly the original or wild form of the species. [Written also kail, and cale.]

  2. See Kail, 2.

    Sea kale (Bot.), a European cruciferous herb ( Crambe maritima), often used as a pot herb; sea cabbage.


n. 1 (alternative form of kale English) 2 (context Scotland archaic English) Any cabbage, greens, or vegetables. 3 A broth made with kale or other vegetables; hence, any broth; also, a dinner.

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

  2. coarse curly-leafed cabbage [syn: kale, cole]


Kail is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kaisersesch.

Kail (disambiguation)

Kail may be Scottish for kale

Kail is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Edgar Kail (1900–1976), English footballer
  • Mary Elizabeth Kail (1828–1890), American poet
  • Thomas Kail, American film and theatre director

Usage examples of "kail".

I will answer to the Prince, when he calls for an answer, and I can promise a certain gentleman his kail through the reek on that day.

Roznine told us that you have had some credits under the name of Kail, Linear G resident.

Porridge and potatoes, and muslin kail, with a salt herring now and then.

All the dishes were set out at once on the bare deal table--a bowl of barley kail, a boiled fowl, the two brandered grouse, and a platter of oatcakes.

You will gang your own ways, and some day others will play the tyrant over you and give you your ain kail through the reek.

The name was taken from the Chinese mountain of Kailing, where the first kaolin, or decomposed feldspar, was found.

Lämte hos en danske läk’re, Rådjiver han kails i landen, Rådjiver den mäkti sajkarl, å sin dotter, sjöna Signe.