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 The whole red radishes in this recipe, replacing the more typical Korean radish slabs, gently boil in the salty-sweet liquid until tender, lending their vegetal sweetness to the velvety broth. New York Times, 13 June 2022 In the mouth slightly vegetal with flavors of black cherries and black pepper midpalate and cherries on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Ekobo, based in France, uses the vegetal waste produced by manufacturing chopsticks to create gorgeous, colorful, shatter-proof dishware ideal for outdoor entertaining. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 23 May 2022 For several years, said Empting, the Pluribus vineyard produced wines that tasted too tannic and vegetal. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Finishes like a Cabernet Franc – slightly vegetal with a hint of red licorice on the tail end. Marc Bona, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2022 The first thing that appealed to her about Snow Days was the vegetal ingredient list. Ella Quittner, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 The leaves have an excellent crispness that almost reach iceberg status, and the flavor is robustly vegetal. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 The deep, almost bitter, flavor of matcha, Japanese green tea powder, adds an unorthodox, but pleasing, vegetal tone to traditional shortbread’s buttery simplicity. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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