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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Twitter compared the look to everything from vegetation to a Dilophosaurus flaring out, ready to spew venom. Gina Marinelli, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Wore Statement Sleeves in Colombia, And It Didn't Go Well," 4 Sep. 2019 Irma also washed away much of the shoreline, including the vegetation and rocks. Martin E. Comas,, "Hurricane Dorian may destroy historic camp in Merritt Island, Girl Scouts fear," 30 Aug. 2019 Ticks are parasites that look for food — a blood source — by creeping out on vegetation and leaves and extending their hooked front legs to latch onto passing prey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hikers cautioned after Sorrento Valley ticks test positive for ‘rabbit fever’," 30 Aug. 2019 Also, there is a potential for both permanent and temporary impacts to wetlands associated with erosion, sedimentation, disturbance of vegetation and other factors, the department found. Jesse Leavenworth,, "44-lot subdivision proposed on one of Manchester’s last large parcels," 30 Aug. 2019 The rainforest is responsible for 20 percent of rainfall in the region, the vegetation itself providing the moisture. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Who's Burning the Amazon? Rampant Capitalism," 28 Aug. 2019 The sand kicked up by the sheep began to scarify one lunette, stripping the native vegetation that bound it together. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The hulking mass of dead dinosaur had lain on the sandbar now for over a week in stifling heat, half-buried among the decaying vegetation and sediment. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Wall Street is Losing Control of Tech IPOs—Data Sheet," 23 Aug. 2019 Whether or not an arsonist is lurking, the threat of such a wildfire continues to be real due to the terrain, vegetation and weather conditions in the Angeles National Forest. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "10 years on, the Station fire remains burned into the minds of locals and fire officials," 21 Aug. 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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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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