- 1A plant or part of a plant used as food, such as a cabbage, potato, turnip, or bean: fresh fruit and vegetables a root vegetableMore example sentences
- Both dishes came with a mountain of fresh vegetables - spinach, carrots and green beans.
- Why not consider taking on an allotment and growing your own fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.
- Scottish diets are high in fat and there is a marked deficiency of fruit and vegetables.
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- 1Relating to vegetables as food: a vegetable garden vegetable soupMore example sentences
- Set up a buffet to serve simple foods such as vegetable soup, bread, cheese, and fresh fruit, plus hot coffee and tea.
- The children received cooking classes from local chefs who introduced them to cooking healthy foods such as vegetable soup and home made pizzas.
- Add the peas, fava beans, carrots, leeks, and vegetable stock.
- 1.1Relating to plants or plant life, especially as distinct from animal life or mineral substances: decaying vegetable matterMore example sentences
- However, the commercial fish food is designed to offer a nutrient-rich and balanced diet, and it contains both animal and vegetable matter.
- Natural fibers may be of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin.
- Seeds and insects are part of their diet year round, but the ratio of animal and vegetable matter fluctuates throughout the year.
late Middle English (in the sense 'growing as a plant'): from Old French, or from late Latin vegetabilis 'animating', from Latin vegetare (see vegetate). The noun dates from the late 16th century.
More definitions of vegetableDefinition of vegetable in:
- The US English dictionary