[ plant, plahnt ]
/ plænt, plɑnt /


verb (used with object)



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Origin of plant

before 900; (noun) Middle English plaunte; in part continuing Old English plante sapling, young plant (<Latin planta); in part (<Old French plante) <Latin planta a shoot, sprig, scion (for planting), plant; (v.) Middle English plaunten; in part continuing Old English plantian (<Latin plantāre); in part (<Old French planter) <Latin plantāre to plant

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British Dictionary definitions for plant (1 of 2)

/ (plɑːnt) /


verb (tr)

See also plant out

Derived forms of plant

plantable, adjectiveplantlike, adjective

Word Origin for plant

Old English, from Latin planta a shoot, cutting

British Dictionary definitions for plant (2 of 2)

/ (plɑːnt) /


  1. the land, buildings, and equipment used in carrying on an industrial, business, or other undertaking or service
  2. (as modifier)plant costs
a factory or workshop
mobile mechanical equipment for construction, road-making, etc

Word Origin for plant

C20: special use of plant 1
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Scientific definitions for plant

[ plănt ]

Any of a wide variety of multicellular eukaryotic organisms, belonging to the kingdom Plantae and including the bryophytes and vascular plants. Plant cells have cell walls made of cellulose. Except for a few specialized symbionts, plants have chlorophyll and manufacture their own food through photosynthesis. Most plants grow in a fixed location and reproduce sexually, showing an alternation of generations between a diploid stage (with each cell having two sets of chromosomes) and haploid stage (with each cell having one set of chromosomes) in their life cycle. The first fossil plants date from the Silurian period. Formerly the algae, slime molds, dinoflagellates, and fungi, among other groups, were classified as plants, but now these are considered to belong to other kingdoms. See Table at taxonomy.
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