Caballine aloes, an inferior and impure kind of aloes formerly used in veterinary practice; called also
horse aloes. Caballine spring, the fountain of Hippocrene, on Mount Helicon; fabled to have
been formed by a stroke from the foot of the winged horse Pegasus.
(Cab"al*line) a. [L. caballinus, fr. caballus a nag. Cf. Cavalier.] Of or pertaining to a
horse. n. Caballine aloes.
(Cab"a*ret) n. [F.] A tavern; a house where liquors are retailed. [Obs. as an English word.]
(||Ca*bas") n. [F.] A flat basket or frail for figs, etc.; hence, a lady's flat workbasket, reticule, or
hand bag; often written caba. C. Bronté.
(||Ca*bas"sou) n. (Zoöl.) A species of armadillo of the genus Xenurus (X. unicinctus and X.
hispidus); the tatouay. [Written also kabassou.]
(Cab"bage) n. [OE. cabage, fr. F. cabus headed chou cabus headed cabbage, cabbage
head; cf. It. capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl, hood, cabbage, fr. capo head, L. caput, or fr. It.
cappa cape. See Chief, Cape.] (Bot.)
1. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The
common cabbage has a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc., are sometimes
classed as cabbages.
2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below.
3. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
Cabbage aphis (Zoöl.), a green plant-louse (Aphis brassicæ) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.
Cabbage beetle (Zoöl.), a small, striped flea- beetle (Phyllotreta vittata) which lives, in the larval
state, on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage and other cruciferous plants. Cabbage
butterfly (Zoöl.), a white butterfly (Pieris rapæ of both Europe and America, and the allied P. oleracea, a
native American species) which, in the larval state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip.
See Cabbage worm, below. Cabbage fly (Zoöl.), a small two-winged fly which feeds, in the larval
or maggot state, on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to the crop. Cabbage head,
the compact head formed by the leaves of a cabbage; contemptuously or humorously, and colloquially,
a very stupid and silly person; a numskull. Cabbage palmetto, a species of palm tree (Sabal Palmetto)
found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida. Cabbage rose (Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa
centifolia) having large and heavy blossoms. Cabbage tree, Cabbage palm, a name given to
palms having a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto of the United States, and the
Euterpe oleracea and Oreodoxa oleracea of the West Indies. Cabbage worm (Zoöl.), the larva
of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is usually the
larva of a white butterfly. See Cabbage butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the
stalks of young plants during the night, are the larvæ of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis.
See Cutworm. Sea cabbage.(Bot.) (a) Sea kale (b). The original Plant from which the cabbage,
cauliflower, broccoli, etc., have been derived by cultivation. Thousand-headed cabbage. See
(Cab"bage), v. i. To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage. Johnson.
(Cab"bage), v. i. [imp. & p. p Cabbaged (-bajd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cabbaging ] [F. cabasser,
fr. OF. cabas theft; cf. F. cabas basket, and OF. cabuser to cheat.] To purloin or embezzle, as the
pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
Your tailor . . . cabbages whole yards of cloth.