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Definition of rape
- a plant of the cabbage family with bright yellow heavily scented flowers, especially a variety ( oilseed rape) grown for its oil-rich seed and as stockfeed. Also called colza.
- Genus Brassica, family Cruciferae, in particular B. napus subsp. oleifera
late Middle English (originally denoting the turnip plant): from Latin rapum, rapa 'turnip'