vegetable

noun
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl How to pronounce vegetable (audio) , ˈve-jə-, ˈvech- \

Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : 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

vegetable

adjective

Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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)

Examples of vegetable in a Sentence

Noun The doctor said I should eat more fruits and vegetables. a bowl of vegetable soup The accident had left him a vegetable.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Portraits of the governor and his wife posing with prize-winning vegetables (both are keen gardeners) decorate the walls of the family home in Ngabang, a town in the hills four hours’ drive from Pontianak, the provincial capital. The Economist, "Borneo againIndonesian Islamists open a new front in their war on tolerance," 20 July 2017 This summer, at the South Windsor Farmers Market, SoWin/EatsHealthy will be offering discounted boxes of fresh vegetables from local farmers. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 17 July 2017 The Saturday Muldoon Farmers Market will have baklava, baked goods, rhubarb, crafts and loads of vegetables, including salad mixes, tomatoes, radishes, greens, zucchini, bok choy and herbs. Steve Edwards, Alaska Dispatch News, "Market Fresh: Take a Valley farm tour, order a custom chicken coop or nab some peonies," 12 July 2017 Like going to the bathroom, or, conversely, being able to eat: Human waste will be treated through a bio-fermentation process, and experimental crops and vegetables will be grown with the help of food and waste byproducts. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Teen Vogue, "Beihang University Students Spend 200 Days Inside Sealed Space Craft," 11 July 2017 In rats with diabetes, the compound, which occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables, had the intended effect, reversing the genetic signature in the animals’ livers. Jessica Wapner, MSNBC Newsweek, "Sulforaphane, a Chemical in Broccoli, May Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar," 15 June 2017 Her family still has a small vegetable garden and a hillside plot filled with a few dozen white tea plants, but most of their crops have been replaced with cedar trees and a scattering of bamboo. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "China spent $100 billion on reforestation. So why does it have 'green deserts'?," 28 June 2017 That’s no surprise, perhaps, given the organic revolution and the proximity to the state’s absurdly fertile Central Valley, which produces half of the country’s fruits and vegetables. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of American Restaurants," 20 June 2017 The vendors sprawled across several streets with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and coffee. Amanda Shine, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Travel in Venice Like a Chic Ceramicist," 15 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Much of it is inherently vegetable-forward, a lasting result of Korea’s Buddhist and agricultural history. Eric Kim, New York Times, "A Spread Worthy of Royalty," 28 Sep. 2020 Enjoy sautéed broccoli alone or as part of a vegetable stir-fry. Move over collards and turnip greens, this green vegetable deserves a spot on the table. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Cook Broccoli," 18 Sep. 2020 Leaf spots and fruit rots are likely to be more prevalent in vegetable gardens as well. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill explains how to mimimize landscape damage from the recent New Orleans-area heavy rains," 23 Sep. 2020 The head chef sensed his potential and started asking for help with vegetarian customers because Errachidi’s touch with spices and pulses made vegetable dishes luxurious and rich. Tim Wild, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Guantánamo Bay," 21 Sep. 2020 Spread mulch about 1 inch deep over perennial and vegetable beds, and 3 to 4 inches deep around trees and shrubs. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Hot, dry summer means your plants need extra watering, and for longer than you might think," 5 Sep. 2020 They can also be added near or in a vegetable garden to promote better crops. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 3 Sep. 2020 If the onions' origin isn't known toss out the onions and any food products that contain them, including deli salads and vegetable mixes, the CDC said. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "More salmonella cases linked to onions reported in Michigan: What to know," 21 Aug. 2020 If the onions' origin isn't known, toss out the onions and any food products that contain them, such as deli salads and vegetable mixes, the CDC said. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Salmonella infections linked to onions grow," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vegetable

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vegetable

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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The first known use of vegetable was in the 15th century

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“Vegetable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetable. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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vegetable

noun
How to pronounce vegetable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vegetable

: a plant or plant part that is eaten as food
sometimes offensive : a person who is unable to talk, move, etc., because of severe brain damage

vegetable

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl How to pronounce vegetable (audio) , ˈve-jə-tə- \

Kids Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vegetable

noun

Kids Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

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

vegetable

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl, ˈvej-ət-ə- How to pronounce vegetable (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vegetable

noun

Medical Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

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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