[O.E., or L,. caput."] An esculent vegetable with a foot-stalk, short, strong, and fleshy, which runs as a great rib to the point of the blade, while smaller ribs run from it to the edges. The common cabbage has a compact head of leaves, hence its name. It is one of the most nutritious of ordinary vegetables. Red cabbage is used as a pickle. In the Channel Islands, a tree-cabbage four feet high is grown to feed cattle.