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vegetable

noun veg·e·ta·ble \ ˈvej-tə-bəl , ˈve-jə- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of vegetable

1 : a usually herbaceous plant (such as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part that is usually eaten as part of a meal; also : such an edible part
2 : plant 1b
3 a : a person having a dull or merely physical existence
b informal, sometimes offensive : a person whose mental and physical functioning is severely impaired and especially one who requires supportive measures (such as mechanical ventilation) to survive

Examples of vegetable in a Sentence

  1. The doctor said I should eat more fruits and vegetables.

  2. a bowl of vegetable soup

  3. The accident had left him a vegetable.

Recent Examples of vegetable from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of vegetable

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetābilia, plural noun derivative of vegetābilis 2vegetable


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vegetable

adjective

Definition of vegetable

1 a : of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plants
b : consisting of plants : vegetational
2 : made from, obtained from, or containing plants or plant products
  • vegetable soup
  • vegetable fat
3 : resembling or suggesting a plant (as in inertness or passivity)

Recent Examples of vegetable from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of vegetable

Middle English, "capable of growth, of or like plants (able to grow but lacking motion or sensation)," borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetābilis, going back to Late Latin, "vivifying, refreshing," from vegetāre "to live, grow" + Latin -bilis "capable of (acting or being acted upon)" — more at vegetate, -able



VEGETABLE Defined for Kids

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vegetable

adjective veg·e·ta·ble \ ˈvej-tə-bəl , ˈve-jə-tə- \

Definition of vegetable for Students

: containing or made from plants or parts of plants
  • vegetable oil

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vegetable

noun

Definition of vegetable for Students

1 : a plant or plant part (as lettuce, broccoli, or peas) grown for use as food and eaten raw or cooked usually as part of a meal
2 : 2plant 1

Medical Dictionary

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vegetable

adjective veg·e·ta·ble \ ˈvej-tə-bəl, ˈvej-ət-ə- \

medical Definition of vegetable

1 a : of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plants
b : consisting of plants
2 : made or obtained from plants or plant products

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vegetable

noun

medical Definition of vegetable

1 : a usually herbaceous plant (as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part; also : such an edible part
2 : a person whose mental and physical functioning is severely impaired and especially one who requires supportive measures (as intravenous feeding or mechanical ventilation) to survive


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