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[vej-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]
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  1. the beliefs or practices of a vegetarian.

Origin of vegetarianism

First recorded in 1850–55; vegetarian + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetarianism


  1. the principle or practice of excluding all meat and fish, and sometimes, in the case of vegans, all animal products (such as eggs, cheese, etc) from one's diet
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Word Origin and History for vegetarianism


1851, from vegetarian + -ism.

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vegetarianism in Medicine


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  1. The practice of subsisting on a diet composed primarily or wholly of vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds, with or without eggs and dairy products.
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