- 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
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Examples from the Web for vegetation
The path for our group of six is being carved through tangles of vines and vegetation one machete hack at a time.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
April 28, 2014
Vegetation, large trees, and a series of small farm buildings were cleared, and massive holes were dug for the foundations.Teaching ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Chengdu, China
May 20, 2013
If you lose the marshes and the vegetation, all you're left with is mud, which just slides into the water.Will the Spill Impact Public Health?
May 5, 2010
The vegetation was extravagant in its luxuriance and splendor.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Except a few lichens, there was not a mark of vegetation about it.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The grotto was completely lost to sight beneath the onslaught of vegetation.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The work of vegetation begins first in the irritability of the bark and leaf-buds.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There was no soil, no moss, no lichen, no trace of 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
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.
- The process of growth in plants.
- 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.
- A vegetative state of impaired consciousness.
- The plants of an area or a region; plant life.
- An abnormal bodily accretion, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria, that adheres to a diseased heart valve.