1. A plant (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) in the mustard family, having dark green, spreading, usually crinkled leaves that are eaten as a vegetable. Also called borecole, cole, colewort.
2. Slang Money.
[Middle English col, kal; see COLE.]
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