Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[vej-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole:
the vegetation of the Nile valley.
the act or process of vegetating.
a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.
Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.
Origin of vegetation
1555-65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō), equivalent to vegetāt- (see vegetate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetationless, adjective
nonvegetation, noun
prevegetation, noun
undervegetation, noun
3. inactivity, idleness, sloth, lethargy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for vegetation
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • She was the 'great mother' who fostered all vegetation and agriculture.

  • Am kind of eager myself to take a look at some of the vegetation hereabouts.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • I love dear wild spots in a garden when vegetation admits of them.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • It is a barren rock, and you will hardly see a speck of vegetation on the whole of it.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • As a god of vegetation, a king would not eat vegetables any more than a savage usually eats his totem.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • His death was a myth for the decay of vegetation, and his resurrection was a myth for its revival.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Brongniart, to show a transition character between the vegetation of the secondary and that of the tertiary formations.

British Dictionary definitions for vegetation


plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
the process of vegetating
(pathol) any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
a vegetative existence
Derived Forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetatious, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for vegetation

1560s, "act of vegetating," from Middle French végétation, from Medieval Latin vegetationem (nominative vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
vegetation in Medicine

vegetation veg·e·ta·tion (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)

  1. The process of growth in plants.

  2. An abnormal bodily growth or excrescence, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria that is adherent to a diseased heart valve.

  3. A vegetative state of impaired consciousness.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
vegetation in Science
  1. The plants of an area or a region; plant life.

  2. An abnormal bodily accretion, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria, that adheres to a diseased heart valve.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vegetation

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vegetation

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for vegetation