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

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Somehow this hodgepodge of bright, vegetal, sweet, and briny flavors is pleasing rather than dissonant. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 The base of the cocktail is tequila blanco (the clear stuff that tastes like sharp, vegetal agave, not old wooden barrels). Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Siesta Is Your New Signature Spring Cocktail, a Normal Thing to Have," 2 May 2018 While pretty basic, the good old jalapeño adds plenty of spice with a bit of a grassy, vegetal flavor, while serranos and habaneros really set things on fire. Paula Forbes, GQ, "How to Make Salsa, the Party Food for Lazy People," 9 June 2018 The Careless Whisper echoes a Sazerac with its rye and absinthe lethality camouflaged by chokecherry liqueur, while the Delicious #7 is the requisite mezcal proffer, its vegetal bite softened by applejack and herbal Benedictine. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Old Habits is bar food reborn," 20 Apr. 2018 The taste inspires the kind of florid language usually reserved for a vintage wine: chalky, sweet, vegetal. Todd A. Price,, "What makes a Gulf oyster worth $3 apiece? Farmed oysters guarantee flavor, chefs say," 27 Feb. 2018 Accented with Janzen’s favorite mezcal accessory, celery bitters, which bring out the espadin’s savory, vegetal notes, the drink resembles a margarita, amped up. Lisa Futterman,, "James Beard-nominated mezcal book digs deep into history, production controversy," 24 Apr. 2018 The leaves, which tint the dough lightly, give it a slightly vegetal flavor that can seem a bit smoky. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wrapped in banana leaves, tamales at La Vecindad food truck get a veggie-like flavor," 24 Apr. 2018 Some people still heat their homes using peat: decayed, millennia-old vegetal matter that’s used here to fuel fires to dry barley, infusing the air with heady smoky aromas that define Islay whiskies. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018

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

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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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