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[ vej-i-tey-shuhn ]


  1. all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole:

    the vegetation of the Nile valley.

  2. the act or process of vegetating.
  3. a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.

    Synonyms: idleness, inactivity, lethargy, sloth

  4. Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.


/ ˌvɛdʒɪˈteɪʃən /


  1. plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
  2. the process of vegetating
  3. pathol any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
  4. a vegetative existence
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/ vĕj′ĭ-tāshən /

  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.

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Derived Forms

  • ˌvegeˈtatious, adjective
  • ˌvegeˈtational, adjective
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Other Words From

  • vege·tation·al adjective
  • vege·tation·less adjective
  • nonveg·e·tation noun
  • preveg·e·tation noun
  • under·vege·tation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of vegetation1

1555–65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō ), equivalent to vegetāt- ( vegetate ) + -iōn- -ion
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Example Sentences

In response, SDG&E pointed to its own data showing that when it clears trees beyond the state minimum, its equipment had fewer contact with vegetation and a drop in fires.

It pointed to its own data showing that when it clears trees beyond the state minimum, its equipment had fewer contact with vegetation and a drop in fires.

Fuel modification in this context means that flammable vegetation will be thinned and managed in such a way that it will disrupt a fire’s spread.

Rilling said the easements are not necessary for the fuel modification zone, or the management of combustible vegetation.

From buried traces of vegetation, the scientists reconstructed what the climate must have been like back then.

Hippopotamuses eat aquatic vegetation, like water hyacinths—loads of it, Irwin learned.

They are searching for abnormalities in the soil, replanted vegetation and other signs of a rogue grave.

The path for our group of six is being carved through tangles of vines and vegetation one machete hack at a time.

Women would first bathe their feet in a mixture of vinegar and natural vegetation.

Adam tended to the garden and he and Eve ate locally sourced, organically grown vegetation.

The particular phenomena of vegetation also afford abundant evidence that humus cannot be the only source of carbon.

In the Brazils a conflagration of this kind never extends very far, as the vegetation is too green and offers too much opposition.

The immediate effect of lime on the vegetation of the land to which it is applied is very striking.

Here and there they distinguished red cliffs, and some signs of a scanty and burnt up vegetation.

It is impossible to conceive any thing richer than the vegetation down to the very water's edge around the lake.


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