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 Addicks and Barker reservoirs consist of earthen dams 11.5 and 13.5 miles in length, respectively, covered in vegetation. Scott Dalton, CNN, "Their neighborhood was flooded to save Houston," 25 Aug. 2019 Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Discarded cigarette sparked Golf Fire in Lake County, officials say," 11 Aug. 2019 Many of the fish were young black crappies, freshwater fish that like to live in flooded vegetation. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 Clearing forests takes the carbon in the vegetation and adds it to the atmosphere as CO2. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New IPCC report shows land use is part of solution to climate change," 8 Aug. 2019 Air pollution from the agricultural fires of the Roman Empire cooled Europe, and strategic Native American forest burning was far more responsible for prehistoric alterations in vegetation cover in the eastern United States than were climate shifts. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 Similar efforts to do the same by satellite for a strong earthquake months ago in Papua New Guinea were frustrated by the region being covered in tropical vegetation, obscuring the ruptured fault from the air. Los Angeles Times, "Watch as Ridgecrest earthquake shatters desert floor in stunning before-and-after images," 22 July 2019 But several hundred yards away, a road thickly shrouded in vegetation was untouched. New York Times, "California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already," 22 July 2019 Only the horse’s head and part of its hind quarters were visible in the dense vegetation of a canal about four miles west of U.S. 441. Doug Phillips,, "Up to its ears in muck, horse rescued from canal in western Palm Beach County," 19 July 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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