vegetation

noun

veg·​e·​ta·​tion ˌve-jə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce vegetation (audio)
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
vegetational
ˌve-jə-ˈtā-sh(ə-)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 Hikers can enjoy the coastal sage scrub vegetation, including blooming plants like Indian paintbrush, California broom and black sage. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2024 Take San Timoteo Canyon, a river valley near the San Bernardino County city of Redlands offering all the creature comforts rattlesnakes need to multiply and prosper: rock outcrops on which to bask in the sun, thickets of vegetation for camouflage, and loads of ground squirrels to feed on. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 As more vegetation in the West burns, it’s being replaced by both native and nonnative grass. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 The scientists found a sharp decrease in vegetation cover in the Sonoran Desert, most notably in the drier areas. Caralin Nunes, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2024 Fake grass can also contribute to the heat island effect, in which urban areas are warmer because heat is reflected by infrastructure instead of absorbed by vegetation. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 18 Mar. 2024 Since the vegetation is dry enough to carry fire in most years, other factors come into play when determining the severity of the fire season. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Pollen evidence indicated changes to the vegetation consistent with a quickly cooling climate, not an impact. Zach St. George, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 These are days where low humidity, high heat and strong winds are more likely, with the low humidity making vegetation more prone to burning, warmer nighttime temperatures hampering ability to control flames and wind causing the fires to burn faster. Li Cohen, CBS News, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of vegetation was in 1564

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Cite this Entry

“Vegetation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vegetation

noun
veg·​e·​ta·​tion ˌvej-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce vegetation (audio)
1
: the act or process of vegetating
2
: dull or inactive living
a life of tranquil vegetation
3
: plant life or cover (as of an area)

Medical Definition

vegetation

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