veg·​e·​tal | \ ˈve-jə-tᵊl How to pronounce vegetal (audio) \

Definition of vegetal

1 : vegetable
3 : of or relating to the vegetal pole of an egg or to that part of an egg from which the endoderm normally develops vegetal blastomeres

Examples of vegetal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raw hot sauce has a crisp, flavorful finish that lets the natural vegetal flavor and heat shine through. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Green Hot Sauce Is Very Much Alive," 23 Nov. 2020 The medium-to-mild heat, vegetal flavor and slight bitterness from these deep green chiles fit in so many ways. Washington Post, "6 jalapeño recipes to spice up cocktails, soups and stews," 15 Oct. 2020 Green grapes, which often carry a vegetal note, are great in salads or ceviches. Washington Post, "Roast, stew or poach grapes in 8 recipes fit for fall," 14 Oct. 2020 Chardonnay, in particular, has a rough reputation for being overly oaky and buttery, whereas a Sauvignon Blanc is oft criticized for being too grassy and vegetal. Rachel King, Fortune, "Why your next bottle of rosé probably won’t be French," 13 June 2020 Despite its lightness, there’s not a hint of vegetal flavor here. Esther Mobley,, "Dewey’s Wines, a new San Francisco label, embraces wines that are ‘a little askew’," 13 May 2020 An amaro can be citrusy, herbaceous, floral, coniferous, medicinal, vegetal, earthy, savory, and so on. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "How to Find Your Amaro Soulmate (It's Out There!)," 23 Apr. 2020 This term refers to a vegetal blanket that requires minimal work and little to no H2O. Anna Brooks, Popular Science, "How to create a perfectly imperfect lawn," 15 June 2018 These petite lentils with a slightly vegetal, gentle flavor are a salad’s best friend. Dallas News, "Everything beans can do, lentils can do better," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of vegetal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vegetal

borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetālis, from Late Latin vegetāre "to live, grow" + Latin -ālis -al entry 1 — more at vegetate

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“Vegetal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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veg·​e·​tal | \ ˈvej-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce vegetal (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetal

1 : vegetable
2 : of or relating to the vegetal pole of an egg or to that part of an egg from which the endoderm normally develops vegetal blastomeres

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