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Kail  n.  
(Bot.) A kind of headless cabbage. Same as Kale, 1.
Any cabbage, greens, or vegetables. (OE. or Scot.)
A broth made with kail or other vegetables; hence, any broth; also, a dinner. (Scot.)
Kail yard, a kitchen garden. (Scot.)

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"Kail" Quotes from Famous Books

... he had never once thought of obeying the injunction. From his description of the spot, however, the sly Scot at once perceived that the treasure in question must be concealed nowhere but in his own humble kail-yard at home, to which he immediately repaired, in full expectation of finding it. Nor was he disappointed; for after destroying many good and promising cabbages, and completely cracking credit with his wife, who considered him as mad, he found a large ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 3 • Richard F. Burton

... fair, and some gate we canna gree upon the particulars preceesely, for as muckle time as we took about it—I doubt we draw to a plea—But hear ye, neighbour," addressing my WORTHY AND LEARNED patron, "if ye want to hear onything about lang or short sheep, I will be back here to my kail against ane o'clock; or, if ye want ony auld-warld stories about the Black Dwarf, and sic-like, if ye'll ware a half mutchkin upon Bauldie there, he'll crack t'ye like a pen-gun. And I'se gie ye a mutchkin mysell, man, if I can settle weel ...
— The Black Dwarf • Sir Walter Scott

... substantially identical with what was known in Nidderdale as the kail-pot. "This was formerly in common use," says Mr. Lucas; "a round iron pan, about ten inches deep and eighteen inches across, with a tight-fitting, convex lid. It was provided with three legs. The kail-pot, ...
— Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine • William Carew Hazlitt

... many a family brought up decently on as little, or even less," said Peggy; "but then they were differently bred from you and could live hard. Porridge and potatoes, and muslin kail, with a salt herring now ...
— Mr. Hogarth's Will • Catherine Helen Spence

... months. They paid a kind of hereditary respect to the Lords of Ravenswood; but, in the difficulties of the family, most of the inhabitants of Wolf's Hope had contrived to get feu-rights to their little possessions, their huts, kail-yards, and rights of commonty, so that they were emancipated from the chains of feudal dependence, and free from the various exactions with which, under every possible pretext, or without any pretext at all, the Scottish landlords of the period, themselves in great ...
— Bride of Lammermoor • Sir Walter Scott

... intermeddling with his hair, said, "'Deed, sir, Rab's deid." "Dead! what did he die of?" "Weel, sir," said he, getting redder, "he didna exactly dee; he was killed. I had to brain him wi' a rack-pin; there was nae doin' wi' him. He lay in the treviss wi' the mear, and wadna come oot. I tempit him wi' kail and meat, but he wad tak naething, and keepit me frae feedin' the beast, and he was aye gur gurrin', and grup gruppin' me by the legs. I was laith to make awa wi' the auld dowg, his like wasna atween this and Thornhill,—but, 'deed, ...
— Spare Hours • John Brown

... this visit to Betty that Margaret would be asking me to be taking the dogs and catching her a pair or two, maybe, of young rabbits, for they were well grown, and she took butter in the blade of a kail, and such-like truck, and went ...
— The McBrides - A Romance of Arran • John Sillars

... how often the Lord has done much work by a few years of holy labor. In our Church, G. Gillespie and J. Durham died at thirty-six; Hugh Binning at twenty-six; Andrew Gray when scarcely at twenty-two. Of our witnesses, Patrick Hamilton was cut off at twenty-four, and Hugh M'Kail at twenty-six. In other churches we might mention many, such as John Janeway at twenty-three, David Brainerd at thirty, and Henry Martyn at thirty-two. Theirs was a short life, filled up with usefulness, and crowned with glory. ...
— The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne • Andrew A. Bonar

... Pulpiteer! Purists may fie-fie, or sneer. But, when wit and fancy fail, To produce your twice-cooked kail (As "a traveller") must be nice. Nor are you confined to twice; Hashed, rehashed, and hashed again, Garnished—from another brain, Seasoned—from another cruet, You may roast, or boil, or stew it O'er and ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, August 13, 1892 • Various

... initials of Chesterton, a still later arrival, and as the mind increases in despondency it sinks lower and lower down the alphabet until it comes to S, and thus we have Barn-yard Shaw, an improvement on the Kail-yard school, who takes the O pshaw view of life. And relaxing hold of him I sink deeper until I come to W— W. W. Jacobs— how I wish he wrote poetry! He should be the humorist of all sailors, and perhaps some time he will desert barges for ...
— A Rock in the Baltic • Robert Barr

Words linked to "Kail" :   collard, kale, colewort, collards, chou, genus Brassica, borecole, crucifer, cruciferous plant, cole, Brassica oleracea acephala, cabbage

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