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 Crane Beach, Barbados Located on the rugged east coast of Barbados, the pink shoreline of Crane Beach is flanked by lush vegetation and turquoise waters. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 Then that fire travels house to house, often carried by nonnative vegetation unwittingly planted by residents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Is California ignoring the science on wildfire-prone housing?," 6 Oct. 2019 Then that fire travels house to house, often carried by nonnative vegetation planted by residents. Joshua Emerson Smith, Los Angeles Times, "California ignores the science as it OKs more homes in wildfire zones, researchers say," 6 Oct. 2019 Despite challenges posed by vegetation, inhospitable terrain & poor weather,the search has been expanded. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Indian military plane vanishes mid-flight," 6 June 2019 But the safety panel was told the T ran out of money for this work, leading to an alarming amount of vegetation along the rails., "“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 While the permafrost at her study sites contains little organic matter, much of the Arctic’s permafrost contains large amounts of dead vegetation built up over hundreds or thousands of years. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change," 4 Dec. 2019 Jungle growth completely covered it until 1996, when the regime began to authorize clearing of the vegetation. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Washington Post, "Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil," 7 Nov. 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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vegetation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 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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