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

Other Words from vegetation

vegetational \ ˌve-​jə-​ˈtā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce vegetation (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Prevention is of course better than a cure, and trees and vegetation can play a significant role in this, especially in cities where pavements, buildings, and other surfaces absorb and store heat. Wired, 31 July 2022 Planting trees and other vegetation also provides natural evaporative cooling and shade. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 21 July 2022 Planting trees and other vegetation represents one solution. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 As wildfires increase, for instance, people are told to cut vegetation away from their houses. Lois Parshley, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Its website lists 14 cases with awards of more than $1 million — railroad companies that didn’t cut vegetation at crossings, a cancer patient hurt by chemotherapy, a 9-year-old burned by a SUV’s gas tank., 28 Sep. 2021 Aside from historic buildings, firefighters might choose to wrap a remote cabin where property owners have already cut back vegetation, cut down overhanging trees and cleared roofs and gutters of debris. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 These warnings mean weather conditions, such as high heat, low humidity and strong winds – along with dry vegetation – are providing the perfect mix for wildfires that could rapidly grow out of control. Editors, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 As Utahns grapple with the ongoing drought, at least one tool in the toolbox of fixes seems to be gaining traction — replacement of grassy park strips with more drought-resistant vegetation and/or rocks, tempering the need for irrigation water. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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“Vegetation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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.


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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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