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[kol-erd] /ˈkɒl ərd/
a variety of kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, grown in the southern U.S., having a rosette of green leaves.
collards, Also called collard greens. the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of collard
1745-55; variant of colewort, with assimilation of -wort to -ard Unabridged
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Examples from the web for collard
  • collard, mustard and turnip greens had been picked last fall and stored in the mammoth freezer.
  • When the water comes to a boil, salt generously and add the collard greens.
  • Growing up, our executive food editor knew nothing of collard greens and ham hocks.
  • Dress code requires a collard shirt, no cutoffs and soft spikes only.
  • Appetizers and salads include stuffed avocado and the collard roll, seaweed and vitality soups, or kale or spinach salads.
  • Sides include hush puppies, collard greens, coleslaw and corn on the cob.
  • Accompaniments include comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens and corn on the cob.
British Dictionary definitions for collard


a variety of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, having a crown of edible leaves See also kale1
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C18: variant of colewort
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Word Origin and History for collard

1755, American English, corruption of colewort (Middle English) "cabbage," later especially "kale, greens;" first element related to the cole in coleslaw; for second element, see wort.

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