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
Recent Examples on the Web In the crook of the arms of a huge saguaro cactus, a bald eagle was perched on a sprawling nest made of sticks and other vegetation. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Eagles nesting in a saguaro documented in photos for 1st time," 16 Apr. 2020 However, since that order, more mangroves and other vegetation have been cut down in several areas on the site and there are multiple paths seemingly created to provide vehicle access where mangroves previously lived, satellite images show. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Mexico is illegally destroying protected mangrove trees to build an $8 billion oil refinery," 5 Mar. 2020 The species does well in conditions of ample precipitation and strong growth of grasses and other vegetation. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Rabbit pursuit a return to hunting roots," 15 Feb. 2020 The Forest Service is expected to install and repair culverts along the road and to cut back trees and other vegetation that has come close to or obstructed the road, officials said. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 Sydnor said Harris has been removing trees and other vegetation based on professional management plans that have been developed by the Virginia Department of Forestry. NBC News, "Richmond resident works to restore historic African American cemetery," 3 Jan. 2020 All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years. Jim Robbins, Wired, "It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising," 30 Dec. 2019 Roots, tree limbs, and other vegetation can cause fires, derailments, or vehicle damage., "“The resources need to be there for the T to be able to do both of these things well at the same time,” he said.," 12 Dec. 2019 Winds can knock down live wires and power poles or drive trees and other vegetation into contact with them — and some of California’s most destructive blazes in recent years were started by PG&E power lines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California faces historic power outage due to fire danger," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of vegetation was in 1564

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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vegetation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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