plant kingdom

noun

Definition of plant kingdom

: a basic group of natural objects that includes all living and extinct plants — compare animal kingdom, mineral kingdom

Examples of plant kingdom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our terrestrial biases have long led us to seek beauty and utility first in the plant kingdom, but algae—which are not plants, and span multiple kingdoms—do the essential things that plants do, only better. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, "The Oldest Forest," 1 Dec. 2020 In the plant kingdom’s Ginkgoaceae family, there is just one living species, Ginkgo biloba. Sarah Gibbens, Environment, "Ginkgo trees nearly went extinct. Here’s how we saved these ‘living fossils.’," 30 Nov. 2020 From large trees in the Amazon jungle to houseplants to seaweed in the ocean, green is the color that reigns over the plant kingdom. Quanta Magazine, "Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis.," 30 July 2020 But the ever-adaptable plant kingdom takes it all in stride, and witnessing its comeback might just start a flame in your heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "The West Had a Fiery Summer and Fall. How Will Plants Rebound This Spring?," 31 Jan. 2020 These are only two examples of more than 4,300 individual glass models in the collection, which has at least 780 species from the plant kingdom represented. Washington Post, "Realism of Harvard’s Glass Flowers still dazzles," 22 Oct. 2019 In more recent decades, nurseries have grafted healthy Meyer cuttings onto the trunks of hardier species which bear ugly, inedible fruit but can protect themselves with tough thorns — the switchblades of the plant kingdom. Grace Hwang Lynch, SFChronicle.com, "Growing a lemon tree in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight," 31 Oct. 2019 This can be seen as further evidence from the plant kingdom of climate change in action. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Ancient tropical plants produce cones in UK for first time on record," 22 Aug. 2019 The message is clear and there’s a not-too-distant future where our unsustainable reliance on animal protein is jettisoned for the almost limitless variety of our plant kingdom. Larissa Zimberoff, Time, "The Rise of the Pea: How an Unassuming Legume Emerged as a Frontrunner in the Race to Replace Meat and Dairy," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plant kingdom

1858, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2020

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“Plant kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plant%20kingdom. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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plant kingdom

noun

Kids Definition of plant kingdom

: a basic group of natural objects that includes all living and extinct plants

plant kingdom

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Medical Definition of plant kingdom

: the one of the three basic groups of natural objects that includes all living and extinct plants — compare animal kingdom, mineral kingdom

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