veg·​e·​ta·​tion | \ ˌve-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce vegetation (audio) \

Definition of vegetation

1 : plant life or total plant cover (as of an area)
2 : the act or process of vegetating
3 : inert existence
4 : an abnormal growth upon a body part fibrin vegetations on the mitral valve

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Other Words from vegetation

vegetational \ ˌve-​jə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce vegetational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of vegetation in a Sentence

the dense vegetation of the jungle the local vegetation is flourishing as a result of the recent rains

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Conditions ripe for fire — winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and heat — were expected to last into Sunday. Washington Post, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Conditions ripe for fire — winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and heat — were expected to last into Sunday. Fox News, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Deeply wooded for its entire length, the trail twists up the hill’s north face through several vegetation zones, terrain types and vista orientations for a continually changing sensory experience. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 Mattison, who works with the ocean-conservation organization Mission Blue, designs images of ideal coral-reef vegetation and coloration, as well as sculptures of coral reefs wasting away, losing their color, their size and their biodiversity. Susan Dunne,, "Insects swarm over Flo-Gris as part of ’Fragile Earth’ exhibit," 6 June 2019 The property is both the gateway to the town and an important piece of its history, though one now suffering from broken windows and overgrown vegetation. Leslie Postal,, "Orange school board will seek new buyer for historic Eatonville school site," 5 June 2019 LaCount said the weather in February essentially freeze-dried vegetation throughout the county, establishing early fuel for fires. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, "Washington faces especially bad wildfire season," 28 May 2019 Social trails can trample vegetation, disturb animals, cause erosion, and endanger hikers after you who might think it’s the right way, Hoyer says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Administrators announced a pilot program to use goats to clear vegetation in two areas of the Hostess City in May, and according to Savannah’s official Instagram page, their new four-legged employees are already hard at work. Southern Living, "The City of Savannah's Newest Landscapers Are a Team of 53 Hungry Goats," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of vegetation

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vegetation

borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetātiōn-, vegetātiō "power of growth," going back to Latin, "act of invigorating," from vegetāre "to impart energy to, invigorate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal nouns — more at vegetate

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English Language Learners Definition of vegetation

: plants in general : plants that cover a particular area


veg·​e·​ta·​tion | \ ˌve-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce vegetation (audio) \

Kids Definition of vegetation

: plant life or cover (as of an area) The valley was green with vegetation.


veg·​e·​ta·​tion | \ ˌvej-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce vegetation (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetation

: an abnormal outgrowth upon a body part specifically : any of the warty excrescences on the valves of the heart that are composed of various tissue elements including fibrin and collagen and that are typical of endocarditis

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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