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[ vej-tuh-buhl, vej-i-tuh- ]


  1. any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food, as the tomato, bean, beet, potato, onion, asparagus, spinach, or cauliflower.
  2. the edible part of such a plant, as the tuber of the potato.
  3. any member of the plant kingdom; plant.
  4. Informal. a person who is so severely impaired mentally or physically as to be largely incapable of conscious responses or activity.
  5. a dull, spiritless, and uninteresting person.


  1. of, consisting of, or made from edible vegetables:

    a vegetable diet.

  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of plants:

    the vegetable kingdom.

  3. derived from plants:

    vegetable fiber; vegetable oils.

  4. consisting of, comprising, or containing the substance or remains of plants:

    vegetable matter; a vegetable organism.

  5. of the nature of or resembling a plant:

    the vegetable forms of Art Nouveau ornament.

  6. inactive; inert; dull; uneventful:

    a vegetable existence.


/ ˈvɛdʒtəbəl /


  1. any of various herbaceous plants having parts that are used as food, such as peas, beans, cabbage, potatoes, cauliflower, and onions
  2. informal.
    a person who has lost control of his mental faculties, limbs, etc, as from an injury, mental disease, etc
    1. a dull inactive person
    2. ( as modifier )

      a vegetable life

  3. modifier consisting of or made from edible vegetables

    a vegetable diet

  4. modifier of, relating to, characteristic of, derived from, or consisting of plants or plant material

    vegetable oils

  5. rare.
    any member of the plant kingdom


/ vĕjtə-bəl /

  1. A plant that is cultivated for an edible part, such as the leaf of spinach, the root of the carrot, or the stem of celery.
  2. An edible part of one of these plants.
  3. See Note at fruit

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Other Words From

  • non·vege·ta·ble noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vegetable1

1350–1400; Middle English (adjective) < Late Latin vegetābilis “able to live and grow,” equivalent to vegetā(re) “to quicken” ( vegetate ) + -bilis -ble

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vegetable1

c14 (adj): from Late Latin vegetābilis animating, from vegetāre to enliven, from Latin vegēre to excite

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Example Sentences

Kanukollu, 26, said that unlike other vertical farming models, which only grow lettuce and basil, UrbanKisaan has devised technology to grow over 50 varieties of vegetables.

So even as the average flow of the Colorado River — the water supply for 40 million Western Americans and the backbone of the nation’s vegetable and cattle farming — has declined for most of the last 33 years, the population of Nevada has doubled.

It was rejecting the microwave dinners and canned vegetables of your foreparents, making double stock from leftover roast chickens instead of buying broth in a carton, and eschewing pre-cut fruit and instant rice.

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You drive to the allotment and attend to your flowers and vegetables.

An 850-watt motor powers through hard veggies like carrots, while the two-speed control knob slows things down for softer fruits and vegetables.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, high-sided cast iron skillet.

The stewed cabbage is insanely tender, vegetable-sweet, and more luxurious than cabbage has a right to be.

Traffic was terrible, though, so only a few dozen people gamely remained to pick over the vegetable spread and drink beer.

Poking through this crunchy-sweet vegetable mound is edible ecstasy.

The truth is that diet should be varied and no single vegetable produces “miracle” results.

Grain merchants and vegetable dealers jostled each other in the streets themselves.

Clodd tells us that one cubic inch of rotten stone contains 41 thousand million vegetable skeletons of diatoms.

Even slight familiarity with the microscopic structure of vegetable tissue will prevent the chagrin of such errors.

It is likewise formed daring the decay of animal and vegetable matters, and is consequently evolved from dung and compost heaps.

It is produced abundantly when vegetable matters are burnt, as also during respiration, fermentation, and many other processes.


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