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[vej-i-tl] /ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tl/
of, relating to, or of the nature of plants or vegetables.
vegetative (def 5).
Origin of vegetal
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin veget(āre) to quicken (see vegetate) + -al -al1 Unabridged
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  • I am inclined to the view that here, as in 124 the preceding case, the resemblance to a vegetal growth is purely adventitious.

  • This development imparts to vegetal nutrition an ever greater preponderance.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • The nitro-bacteria must belong to the oldest monera, and represent a transition from the vegetal chromacea to the animal bacteria.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • vegetal forms, excepting where in use as instruments or utensils, as reeds and gourds, were not copied.

  • Seams of graphite may therefore represent accumulations of vegetal matter such as seaweed.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • Periodicity—generally at a longer interval of pulsation—equally affects the vegetal forms of life.

  • Now, inorganic food is generally diffused in the waters, so that the vegetal feeders have no incentive to develop mobility.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • The shorter the annual period the more would the vegetal approximate to the animal, and vice versa.

  • When they first appeared they were, of course, without inhabitants of any kind, animal or vegetal.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for vegetal


of, relating to, or characteristic of vegetables or plant life
of or relating to processes in plants and animals that do not involve sexual reproduction; vegetative
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin vegetāre to quicken; see vegetable
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vegetal in Medicine

vegetal veg·e·tal (věj'ĭ-tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of plants.

  2. Relating to growth rather than to sexual reproduction; vegetative.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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