: made or derived from plants
a plant-based burger
For postmenopausal women wary of hormones, "all natural" plant-based estrogens can be tempting.Consumer Reports
Creating a sirloin steak, with its fibrous protein and marbled fat, from plant-based proteins is a tough recipe to perfect.Prachi Patel
: consisting primarily or entirely of food (such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, oils, and beans) derived from plants
plant-based meals
For three months, the men followed a program that included a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress-reduction practices, and social support.Andrew Weil

Examples of plant-based in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other words, algal oil is entirely plant-based, so vegans and vegetarians, take note. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2023 The pastry chef has been quietly revolutionizing the sweets of London’s famed Harrods Food Halls for years, tinkering with classic recipes to turn some of them plant-based. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 All materials are plant-based or secondhand, and local designers, including Hendricks Designs’ Nikki Hendricks, are producing looks made from milkweed floss and more. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Overall, the Portfolio Diet is a bit more plant-based than the Mediterranean diet. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 12 Nov. 2023 The average diet in Nicoya is simple, hearty, and largely plant-based: rice, corn, beans, squash, and fresh fruit are the staples of any Nicoya meal, with meat and poultry often not included. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 8 Nov. 2023 La Reserve is comparable in style, with sleek design framing knockout ocean views—but with the vibe of a high-end wellness retreat, where degustation dinners can be plant-based, and guests can embark on full resets with mind and body bootcamps. Amy Louise Bailey, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Sep. 2023 Whether you’re plant-based, lactose-intolerant or just looking for a satisfying lunch, there’s a sando here for everyone. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 Going plant-based can save you cash at the checkout, especially with these tips. Jennifer Chesak, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plant-based was in 1960

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“Plant-based.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plant-based. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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