veg·e·ta·tion | \ˌve-jə-ˈtā-shən \

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, -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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The timing of Tuesday’s announcement came during an extended heat wave that brought temperatures as high as 113 degrees to La Cañada Flintridge, where residents, visitors and vegetation have all felt the burn. Carol Cormaci,, "LCF Chamber of Commerce partners with FMWD to issue water-saving challenge, announce rebates," 11 July 2018 After Hurricane Irma stirred up pollution and killed off vegetation in the sunny fertile crescent, the stage was likely set. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 2018 Because some of those billions of photons slip past the trees and grass, geographers can also make maps of what the landscape would look like without vegetation. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Swimbaits, Senkos and wild shiners work best near vegetation in turns throughout the river. Mark Blythe,, "Cental Florida fishing forecast: July 9," 7 July 2018 The highest fire danger stretched from Los Angeles County westward into several counties up the coast where a north wind added another element to the mix of hot, dry air and parched vegetation. CBS News, "Southern California heat wave breaks records," 6 July 2018 Eventually, Moore said, the resident stopped questioning him and started making excuses for his vegetation problems. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Black firefighter on inspection duty in Oakland hills gets videotaped, reported to police," 23 June 2018 There are no trees, barely even any vegetation to provide a sliver of shade on this windswept road running along the Yemeni coast. Ben Wedeman, Gabriel Chaim And Waffa Munayyer, CNN, "A trek from poverty through a war zone they knew nothing about," 10 June 2018 All were attributed to vegetation hitting PG&E’s power lines. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "PG&E, blamed for 12 Northern California fires, faces financial and political peril," 8 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 \

Kids Definition of vegetation

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


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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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