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[keyl] /keɪl/
Also called borecole. a cabbagelike cultivated plant, Brassica oleracea acephala, of the mustard family, having curled or wrinkled leaves: used as a vegetable.
Scot. cabbage.
Slang. money.
Also, kail.
Origin of kale
1250-1300; Middle English cale, northern variant of cole Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kale
  • The office gym has personal trainers and flyers with recipes for kale and quinoa salad.
  • Typically, cabbage or kale is simply wilted with a little garlic and oil and served on the side.
  • Remove and discard the stems from the kale and spinach.
  • The addition of chocolate adds a surprising sweet twist to this protein-packed bowl of pinto beans and kale.
  • Appetizers and salads include stuffed avocado and the collard roll, seaweed and vitality soups, or kale or spinach salads.
  • Meanwhile, flatten kale leaves and use the point of a knife to remove tough center ribs.
  • Let us know if you have any favorite recipes for kale or other local seasonal produce as the seasons progress.
  • Serve with sauteed collards or kale and corn bread from the bakery.
  • Her father kale was an amiable man and in ordinary times was considered the ideal holder.
British Dictionary definitions for kale


a cultivated variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, with crinkled leaves: used as a potherb See also collard
(Scot) a cabbage
(US, slang) money
Compare (for senses 1, 2) sea kale
Word Origin
Old English cāl; see cole


(Northern English, dialect) a queue
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Word Origin and History for kale

also kail, c.1300, alternative form of cawul (c.1200), surviving in this spelling after Middle English as a Scottish variant of cole "cabbage" (see cole-slaw). Slang meaning "money" is from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kale



Money; the GREEN STUFF: trite slangisms, among 'em kale, dough, mazuma, etc (1902+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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