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vegetarian

[ vej-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i ən /
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noun
a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.
adjective
of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
devoted to or advocating this practice.
consisting solely of vegetables: vegetarian vegetable soup.
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Origin of vegetarian

First recorded in 1835–45; veget(able) + -arian

OTHER WORDS FROM vegetarian

non·veg·e·tar·i·an, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vegetarian

vegan, vegetarian
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetarian

vegetarian
/ (ˌvɛdʒɪˈtɛərɪən) /

noun
a person who advocates or practises vegetarianism
adjective
relating to, advocating, or practising vegetarianism
cookery strictly, consisting of vegetables and fruit only, but usually including milk, cheese, eggs, etc
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Medical definitions for vegetarian

vegetarian
[ vĕj′ĭ-târē-ən ]

n.
One who practices vegetarianism.
adj.
Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
Consisting primarily or wholly of vegetables and vegetable products.
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