• WordNet 3.6
    • v vegetate engage in passive relaxation "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television"
    • v vegetate propagate asexually "The bacterial growth vegetated along"
    • v vegetate grow or spread abnormally "warts and polyps can vegetate if not removed"
    • v vegetate grow like a plant "This fungus usually vegetates vigorously"
    • v vegetate produce vegetation "The fields vegetate vigorously"
    • v vegetate establish vegetation on "They vegetated the hills behind their house"
    • v vegetate lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
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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
    • Vegetate Fig.: To lead a life too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow. "Persons who . . . would have vegetated stupidly in the places where fortune had fixed them."
    • Vegetate (Med) To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths; as, a vegetating papule.
    • Vegetate To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate. "See dying vegetables life sustain,
      See life dissolving vegetate again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An elephant in the wild can eat anywhere from 100 - 1000 pounds of vegetation in a 16 hour period
    • vegetate In pathology, to grow in the form of an excrescence.
    • vegetate Same as sprout, 5.
    • vegetate To grow in the manner of plants; fulfil vegetable functions.
    • vegetate Hence To live an idle, unthinking, useless life; have a mere inactive physical existence; live on without material or intellectual achievement.
    • vegetate To cause to vegetate or grow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even though the rose does not bear any fruit, the rose hips have more Vitamin C than most vegetables and fruits
    • v.i Vegetate to grow by roots and leaves: to sprout: to lead an idle, aimless life
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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
L. vegetatus, p. p. of vegetare, to enliven. See Vegetable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. vegetabilis, animating—L. vegetāre, to quicken—vegēre, to be lively; akin to vigēre, to be vigorous. Cf. Vigour.


In literature:

Which is the most useful garden vegetable?
"Home Geography For Primary Grades" by C. C. Long
Sometimes the vegetables are cut into dice or fancy shapes with a vegetable cutter.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
AUCKLAND ISLANDS, a group of small islands 180 m. S. of New Zealand, with some good harbours, and rich in vegetation.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The table was very indifferent, no vegetables, which I required, which we lacked on the ship coming up.
"The Adventures of a Forty-niner" by Daniel Knower
The vegetation is here no less luxuriant than in Smyrna.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
I noticed near the house a vegetable garden, with the usual variety of vegetables.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
Cook vegetables, fat and seasonings until vegetables are half done.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
Take off every particle of scum as it rises, and before the vegetables are put in.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Watery foods, like many vegetables and fruits, normally give less fuel.
"Food Guide for War Service at Home" by Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
Cereals for dinner are acceptable substitutes for such vegetables as potatoes, both for economy and for variety.
"Everyday Foods in War Time" by Mary Swartz Rose

In poetry:

Nothing is given: we must find our law.
Great buildings jostle in the sun for domination;
Behind them stretch like sorry vegetation
The low recessive houses of the poor.
"from In Time of War" by W H Auden
'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
And here their fellows of the marsh are set,
Covering their sweetness with a crumpled skin;
Pomegranates next, flame-red without, and yet
With vegetable crystals stored within.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
The earth is now teeming with bright vegetation,
The early spring flowers are now in their bloom,
And where'er we look there appears animation
Just bursting the cells of the last winter's tomb.
"A Lesson From Nature" by Jared Barhite
"The fruitful earth then forth doth bring;
The vegetable tribes do spring;
The show'rs do fall, the groves do ring,
They all rejoice;
The birds their Maker's praise do sing;
With passive voice."
"Art And Nature" by Susannah Hawkins
Said he, "The earth her beauty shows,
The fragrant flowers, the blooming rose,
These spreading trees their blossoms blows,
Where birds do sing;
The vegetables all that grows,
How do they spring?"
"Art And Nature" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

The elevators are lubed with vegetable oil.
We tested for BPA in soup, vegetables, tuna, and other canned products as well as noncanned versions from leading manufacturers such as Campbell's, Chef Boyardee, Del Monte, Nestlé, and Progresso, among others.
Contributed by Quick from Scratch Vegetable Main Dishes.
Just add vegetables and water.
After attending a St Patrick's Day parade in New Orleans and being bombed with vegetables, we surely could have come home and opened a produce stand.
There's been a raging debate lately over whether onions or corn should be named the state vegetable.
Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip.
We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.
Farmers are campaigning to remove from dictionaries the term " couch potato " which they say makes the vegetable seem unhealthy and is bad for its image.
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon whole cumin 2 dried red chilies 1 small yellow onion, chopped ½ cup roasted red peppers, chopped ½ cup cilantro, chopped 2 cups uncooked Couscous 2 cups vegetable stock.
This classic couscous is loaded with slow-cooked lamb and poached vegetables, and spiced with generous amounts of cumin.
Grace Parisi sometimes adds whatever roasted vegetables she has on hand, such as sweet potatoes, carrots or asparagus.
Chicken couscous with vegetables, from Argana.
Israeli Couscous With Mixed Summer Vegetables.
Roasted Vegetable Stew with Couscous Pilaf.

In science:

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
Then God said: “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seeds in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seeds in it according to their kinds.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
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