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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CABBAGE

Cabbage Soup may be made in the same manner, of neck of mutton.

The pork and the cabbage should be thoroughly done, and tender throughout.

Quarter the cabbage lengthways, and then slice it crossways.

Some trap them by placing slices of cabbage or raw potato about.

On going to his place in the House, he was overheard to say, "It must have been that cabbage."

But—but the cabbage business has broken up the storm of my feelings.

Accordingly they had cabbage soup, followed by a piece of bacon.

Put the pigeons upon it, but first season them well with salt and pepper, and cover them with the remainder of the cabbage.

Of all vegetable productions, perhaps the cabbage is the most exuberant for this purpose, and ought by all means to be encouraged.

Count William of Bueckeburg had a fort with 300 guns, defending a cabbage patch.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., caboge, from Middle French caboche "head" (in dialect, "cabbage"), from Old French caboce "head," a diminutive from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Introduced to Canada 1541 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage. First written record of it in U.S. is 1660s.

The decline of "ch" to "j" in the unaccented final syllable parallels the common pronunciation of spinach, sandwich, Greenwich, etc. The comparison of a head of cabbage to the head of a person (usually disparaging to the latter) is at least as old as Old French cabus "(head of) cabbage; nitwit, blockhead," from Italian cappuccio, diminutive of capo.

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