vegetation

noun
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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The project will close the right northbound lane 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through the week near Railroad Avenue (milepost 12.6-13.4) as crews remove trees and vegetation from the slope that present a hazard. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Friday Traffic: ODOT closes an eastbound lane of I-84 in the Gorge for 3 months," 16 Feb. 2018 The fire left many areas, some right along the freeway, bereft of trees and other vegetation that might have stopped the slide of mud and rocks propelled by rushing rainwater. Bloomberg.com, "Mudslides, Rain Kill Six Following Fires in California," 9 Jan. 2018 Varney was driving a bulldozer to create a gap in vegetation to keep the flames from extending into a nearby community, according to Cal Fire Fire Chief Nancy Koerperich. Fox News, "Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park," 16 July 2018 The primary danger now comes from an isotope, cesium-137, that persists longer, remaining in the soil and collecting in vegetation that is consumed by cows. New York Times, "Decades Later and Far Away, Chernobyl Disaster Still Contaminates Milk," 8 June 2018 The stone gateposts of his home were nearly sunken in vegetation. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "As Innocuous as Plant No. 1," 10 Apr. 2018 The new study builds on previous research that has found changes in mountain vegetation due to climate change. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Research suggests lonely plants on mountaintops are getting company, thanks to climate change," 5 Apr. 2018 The fires were especially intense due to an unusually late start to the rainy season, which left vegetation dry as seasonal mountain winds kicked up like bellows in a forge. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Small diving plugs and crankbaits work well around floating vegetation. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 16," 15 July 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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vegetation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vegetation

: plants in general : plants that cover a particular area

vegetation

noun
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.

vegetation

noun
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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