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.

1745–55; variant of colewort, with assimilation of -wort to -ard Unabridged
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collard (ˈkɒləd)
1.  See also kale a variety of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, having a crown of edible leaves
2.  the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
[C18: variant of colewort]

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1755, Amer.Eng., corruption of colewort (M.E.) "cabbage," later especially "kale, greens," related to the cole in coleslaw.
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Example sentences
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.
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