Definition of vegetable in English:

vegetable

Line breaks: vege|table
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛdʒtəb(ə)l
 
, ˈvɛdʒɪtə-/

noun

  • 1A plant or part of a plant used as food, such as a cabbage, potato, turnip, or bean: fresh fruit and vegetables a root vegetable
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    • 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.
  • 2 informal A person with a dull or inactive life: I thought I’d sort of flop back and be a vegetable for a bit
  • 2.1 offensive A person who is incapable of normal mental or physical activity, especially through brain damage.

adjective

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  • 1Relating to vegetables as food: a vegetable garden vegetable soup
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    • 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 matter
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    • 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.

Origin

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.

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