Though it's common knowledge that humans share about 98 per cent of their DNA with chimpanzees, the disturbing fact that we share 51 per cent with cauliflowers is usually hushed up.

Cau"li*flow`er (?), n. [F. choufleur, modified by E. Cole. L. caulis, and by E. flower; F. chou cabbage is fr. L. caulis stalk, cabbage, and fleur flower is fr. L. flos flower. See Cole, and Flower.]

1. Bot.

An annual variety of Brassica oleracea, or cabbage of which the cluster of young flower stalks and buds is eaten as a vegetable.

2.

The edible head or "curd" of a caulifower plant.

 

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