• WordNet 3.6
    • n vegetable edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
    • n vegetable any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower
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Additional illustrations & photos:

life-giving vegetables life-giving vegetables
Amarylla. Chief's Poison Vegetable Amarylla. Chief's Poison Vegetable
I consider the marrow a much overrated vegetable I consider the marrow a much overrated vegetable
England and Wales, Vegetation and Agriculture England and Wales, Vegetation and Agriculture

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables
    • Vegetable A person who has permanently lost consciousness, due to damage to the brain, but remains alive; sometimes continued life requires support by machinery such as breathing tubes. Such a person is said to be in a vegetative state.
    • Vegetable A plant used or cultivated for food for man or domestic animals, as the cabbage, turnip, potato, bean, dandelion, etc.; also, the edible part of such a plant, as prepared for market or the table.
    • Vegetable (Biol) A plant. See Plant.
    • Vegetable Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom.
    • Vegetable Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc. "Blooming ambrosial fruit
      Of vegetable gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From all the vegetables, beets contain the most sugar
    • vegetable Having life such as a plant has.
    • vegetable Of or pertaining to plants; characteristic of plants; also, having the characteristics of a plant or of plants; resembling a plant or what belongs to plants; occupied or concerned with plants.
    • vegetable An alkaloid.
    • n vegetable A plant. See plant.
    • n vegetable In a more limited sense, a herbaceous plant used wholly or in part for culinary purposes, or for feeding cattle, sheep, or other animals, as cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, potatoes, spinach, peas, and beans. The whole plant may be so used, or its tops or leaves, or its roots, tubers, etc., or its fruit or seed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The vegetable that is eaten most by Americans is potatoes. On average, a person eats about 140 pounds of potatoes annually
    • n Vegetable vej′e-ta-bl an organised body without sensation and voluntary motion, nourished by roots fixed in the ground: a plant for the table
    • adj Vegetable belonging to plants: consisting of or having the nature of plants: derived from vegetables
    • n Vegetable one who holds that vegetables are the only proper food for man
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  • Fran Lebowitz
    “Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. végétable, growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis, enlivening, from vegetare, to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus, enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere, to quicken, arouse, to be lively, akin to vigere, to be lively, to thrive, vigil, watchful, awake, and probably to E. wake, v. See Vigil Wake (v.)


In literature:

Us had pears, 'lasses, shorts, middlings of de wheat, corn bread, and all kinds of milk and vegetables.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
It seems to enjoy soil of a vegetable character, with its roots near large stones.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Arrange each vegetable in a mass by itself; surround with lettuce.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
It has a peculiar and most offensive smell, resembling decomposed cooked vegetables.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Hot bran mashes, steamed rolled oats and vegetables are very beneficial.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
On these guarded conditions, then, I proceed to study, with my reader, the first general laws of vegetable form.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Marster had one big garden and dere warn't nobody had more good vegetables den he fed to his slaves.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
In 1848 half breeds had gardens and raised famous vegetables up in what is now Northeast Minneapolis.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The plants in our canals perfect no seed, their spread being due to vegetative vigour only.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Just heat it again and send to table in a vegetable dish with boiled rice separate.
"The Curry Cook's Assistant" by Daniel Santiagoe
Cook slowly until very tender, with or without vegetables.
"Better Meals for Less Money" by Mary Green
See that the soil contains enough humus or vegetable mold to make it rich and to enable it to hold moisture.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Covered with constant moisture, the vegetation is of almost tropic luxuriance.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
The vegetable garden lay in ruins.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
You want to use enough vegetables to flavor the soup, if it is a white vegetable.
"A Course of Lectures on the Principles of Domestic Economy and Cookery" by Juliet Corson
So our vegetables will be wonders if they pop up in ten days' time.
"Natalie: A Garden Scout" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The tiniest bit of red vegetable coloring may be needed.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
But the vegetable acid cannot be exhibited in the form of air.
"Heads of Lectures on a Course of Experimental Philosophy: Particularly Including Chemistry" by Joseph Priestley
The vegetables, which have taken the place of trees, unquestionably perform many of the same functions.
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
This is a fact worth knowing, for it applies more or less to all forms of vegetation.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd

In poetry:

All vegetables that do spring,
Declare the works of God;
They glorify none else but He,
O'er all the earth abroad.
"A Hymn" by Susannah Hawkins
This gard'ner, of good natured fame,
Admir'd the noble beast;
And gave him, whensoe'er he came,
A vegetable feast.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Now o'er the rural kingdom roves,
Soft pleasures with her laughing train,
Love warbles in the vocal groves,
And vegetation plants the plain.
"Spring" by Samuel Johnson
The seasons shall perform their rounds,
And vegetation bloom and fade,
But thou wilt heed nor sights nor sounds,
For thou to rest for aye art laid.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
No vegetable money or work for the man
Rice lasts four days eat while they can
Then children starve three days in a row
and vomit their next food unless they eat slow.
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
'Twas like the salutation of the dove,
Borne on the zephyr thro' some lonesome grove,
When Spring returns, and Winter's chill is past,
And vegetation smiles above the blast.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton

In news:

2 Butternut squash2 c. Vegetable stock2 c.
If You're 'Keen to Stay Cheery ,' 7 Fruits and Vegetables a Day.
Cook vegetables according to package directions.
F&W Staff Favorite Summer Vegetable Recipes.
(yield: 1½ cups) 1 cup chicken broth ¼ cup vegetable oil ?
) and that we would be homeschooling our kids, growing a vegetable garden and raising chickens, I would ...
Collard greens become SC's official vegetable.
You're Doing It Wrong: Vegetable Gratin.
This staple vegetable of the South has great cholesterol-lowing abilities.
1 cup water or vegetable stock.
The recently opened plant, which operates as FL Biofuels, is collecting vegetable oil to make fuel.
Some vegetable varieties, naturally, work better (and taste better) than others.
I would love to try it on a big plate of noodles and vegetables.
Giant vegetables, food on a stick, midway rides -- it's fair time.

In science:

If this happens to be the case it is quite sensible to assume that these individuals regard our planet as a natural reserve, full of animal and vegetal species, the Solar System being nothing but a small ‘province’ inside their vast territory.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
To accomplish this, the TEC must have spectroscopic capability, with a spectral resolution of R ~ 70, to measure the equivalent widths of features of H2O, O2, and O3 in Earth-like abundances, features of CH4 and CO2 under early-Earth conditions, and potentially the “Vegetation Red Edge”.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
We should be able to measure unanticipated spectral signatures. A particularly interesting – but challenging – observation would be the detection of the “Vegetation Red Edge” (VRE), which occurs at 725 nm for terrestrial vegetation, but could be at a different wavelength for extrasolar vegetation.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Assuming that the photon noise dominates speckle noise and detector noise, for an SNR = 7, the detection times for different features (Rayleigh scattering with R = 3, CH4, vegetation red edge, water) range from 2 to 80 hours.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Phasic Activities of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep in Vegetative State Patients.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
Biotropica 13: 86-92. Stocker, G.C. (1983) - Aspects of the dynamics of rainforests in north-east Australia. Ph.D. Thesis, University of New England. 400 pp. Tracey, J.G. and Webb, L.J. (1976) - Key to the vegetation of the humid tropical region of north Queensland.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
The investigation of factors governing ignition and development of fires in heathland vegetation.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Fuel was characterised by a layer of dead leaves, twigs, bark and floral parts on the forest floor with low (<0.5 m, 30% cover) understorey of live and suspended vegetation.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Let us assume that five different types of soil samples can be categorized based on their components and the ratios of the components (such as minerals and vegetation).
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
This mixture would cause vegetation and minerals of different soil types to interact within the collected sample.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
Is it a vegetable? Is it a mineral?” The name of the gam e arises from the fact that if one bit of information could be acquired from each question, then twenty questions can distinguish between 220 different objects, which should be more than sufficient.
Twenty Questions Games Always End With Yes
T. Sørensen, A method of establishing groups of equal amplitude in plant sociology based on similarity of species content and its application to analyses of the vegetation on Danish commons, Biol.
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
Forest vegetation in the vicinity of Choshi—Coastal flora and vegetation at Choshi, Chiba prefecture, IV (in Japanese).
Score, Pseudo-Score and Residual Diagnostics for Spatial Point Process Models
A word such as “tom ato ” which has no clear belonging to a specific category (fruit or vegetable) shows interesting features.
Quantum-like Tests for Contextual Querying
We consider four words: ܶ݋݉ܽݐ݁ (Tomato), ܮé݃ݑ݉݁ (Vegetable), ܨݎݑ
Quantum-like Tests for Contextual Querying