What is the meaning of cabbage-hood in the following sentence?

When you can know the heady joy of mental action, why would you opt for a lobotomy, for voluntary cabbage-hood?

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    "Hood" here is in the same sense as in "motherhood" -- filling the role of a cabbage.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 18:36
  • Probably also a play on cabbage-head.
    – user 66974
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 18:38

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The 'hood' suffix means being in the state of or having the quality/condition/character of.

'Cabbage', in this case, almost definitely means dim-witted or stupid, referencing either the term cabbagehead (a thick-witted person) or the term "vegetable" for a brain-dead person, or both.

So, cabbage-hood would mean "the state of being extremely dim-witted or stupid"

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