• WordNet 3.6
    • n vegetation inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life "their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation"
    • n vegetation an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)
    • n vegetation all the plant life in a particular region or period "Pleistocene vegetation","the flora of southern California","the botany of China"
    • n vegetation the process of growth in plants
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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
    • Vegetation (Med) An exuberant morbid outgrowth upon any part, especially upon the valves of the heart.
    • Vegetation The act or process of vegetating, or growing as a plant does; vegetable growth.
    • Vegetation The sum of vegetable life; vegetables or plants in general; as, luxuriant vegetation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From all the vegetables, beets contain the most sugar
    • n vegetation In phytogeography, the sum total, or a local aggregate, of plant individuals, often of many species, viewed with reference to their ecological adjustment to each other and to all the efficient factors of their environment: contrasted with flora, which denotes a scheme of species rather than a sum of individuals.
    • n vegetation The act or process of vegetating; the process of growing exhibited by plants.
    • n vegetation Plants collectively: as, luxuriant vegetation.
    • n vegetation In pathology, an excrescence or growth on any surface of the body.
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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 Vegetation process of growing, as a plant: vegetable growth: plants in general
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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
Cf. F. végétation, L. vegetatio, an enlivening. 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:

Prepare these vegetables for canning by washing fresh, tender pods of either vegetable thoroughly.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The starches are widely distributed throughout the vegetable kingdom.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The pitch certainly does not injure vegetation, though plants will not grow actually in it.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
Sow cucumbers and vegetable marrows for planting out.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
A part of the square is walled off and employed as a market for fish, fruit, vegetables, and poultry.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
This salt had probably prevented vegetation.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
The only remedy for this seems to be to prevent premature vegetation.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
The vegetation looked stronger and richer.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
The clan ate deer that had been cooked on a spit over a fire, and fruits and vegetables which had been gathered by the women.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The vegetation of the crown takes the goodness from the fruit, in the same way that sprouts injure vegetables.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child

In poetry:

Soon she will disappear
into the calm
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
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
Floods, ruinous to husbandmen, enrich
The land itself: See how the pendent sprays
That in the flood were dipt, are soiled, and judge
How richly fraught with vegetable food
The stream subsides upon the deluged plain.
"British Georgics. August" by James Grahame
They ain't no better thing in the vegetable line;
And they don't need much 'tendin', as ev'ry farmer
And when theyr ripe and ready fer to pluck from the vine,
I want to say to you theyr the best fruit that grows.
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley
She ended: and the mild maternal form
Embraced Serena with a smile as warm
As the gay spirit Vegetation wears,
When she to crown her favourite nymph prepares;
When pleased her flowery treasures to display,
She pours them in the lap of youthful May.
"The Triumphs Of Temper : Canto V." by William Hayley

In news:

1 cup water or vegetable stock.
TWO years ago last summer, 64-year-old Jean Elbaum lapsed into a "persistent vegetative state," a form of eyes-open permanent unconsciousness, following a stroke.
THE REV JENNIFER AULL has been doing a lot of food shopping lately, for a while at a supermarket and then at a wholesale distributor where she buys peanut butter, crackers, canned vegetables and macaroni and cheese in bulk.
Salt 12?3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 6 oz.
The recently opened plant, which operates as FL Biofuels, is collecting vegetable oil to make fuel.
Rice pilaf and a steamed green vegetable can complete your menu.
Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Shaved Vegetable Salad.
Sprinkle of Coriander Adds Aroma of Citrus to Vegetables.
A design is in hand for a proposed vegetable shed at the Farmers Market on Fulton Drive.
1 cup vegetable stock 1 tsp.
This creek in Southeast Travis County has had its bank vegetation cleared away.
Gandía-Blasco's Cristal Box in powdercoated aluminum, vegetable fibers, and plastic by Gandia Blasco, 212-421-6701.
'THV at 9:00': Crock-pot chicken vegetable soup.
BGE set to trim back vegetation along Cromwell Bridge Road.
Some vegetable varieties, naturally, work better (and taste better) than others.

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
Although the chances are very small that another planet has developed the exact same vegetation as Earth, finding the same signatures would be thrilling, but might be unlikely.
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