Definition of vegetal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvejədl/


1 formal Relating to plants: a vegetal aroma
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  • In addition, there are unpleasant, though mild, vegetal aromas present.
  • Wearing masks made of wood, cloth, or vegetal fiber, performers dance in honor of the spirit forces of the particular body of water that runs through their community.
  • But there is a rich, firm finish, with a slight vegetal character, which makes for a sophisticated and complex wine.
2 [attributive] Embryology Relating to that pole of the ovum or embryo that contains the less active cytoplasm, and frequently most of the yolk, in the early stages of development: vegetal cells the vegetal region
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  • The vegetal yolk cell specifies the position of the shield.
  • When embryos are exposed to UV irradiation on the vegetal hemisphere they are completely ventralized and form no dorsal structures.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin vegetalis, from Latin vegetare 'animate'. sense 2 dates from the early 20th century.

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Syllabification: veg·e·tal

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