origin of vegetable names

Radish – French word ‘radis’ modified form of a word meaning ‘wart’.
Lettuce – Latin word ‘lactuca’ meaning milk-giving plant.
Corn – Saxon word ‘corn’ meaning ‘worn-down particle’.
Cabbage – French word ‘caboche’ meaning head.
Mushroom – French origin, first cultivated in beds of mousse (moss).
Pumpkin – French word, derived from a Greek word meaning ‘cooked by the sun’.
Turnip – French origin, used for feeding cattle.
Cauliflower – French word ‘cole florie’, meaning flowering cabbage.
Potato – Spanish word ‘patata’, name of an island in Haiti.
Tomato – Mexican word ‘tomatl’


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