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

Definition of vegetable

  1. 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. 2 :  plant 1b

  3. 3a :  a person having a dull or merely physical existenceb 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

Origin and Etymology of vegetable

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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adjective veg·e·ta·ble

Definition of vegetable

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plantsb :  consisting of plants :  vegetational

  2. 2 :  made from, obtained from, or containing plants or plant products vegetable soup vegetable fat

  3. 3 :  resembling or suggesting a plant (as in inertness or passivity)

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.

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


First Known Use: 15th century



VEGETABLE Defined for Kids

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

Definition of vegetable for Students

  1. :  containing or made from plants or parts of plants vegetable oil


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noun veg·e·ta·ble

Definition of vegetable for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  2plant 1


Medical Dictionary

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

Medical Definition of vegetable

  1. 1a:  of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plantsb:  consisting of plants

  2. 2:  made or obtained from plants or plant products


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noun veg·e·ta·ble

Medical Definition of vegetable

  1. 1:  a usually herbaceous plant (as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part; also :  such an edible part

  2. 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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