Definition of vegetable in English:
- 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.
- My mother's doctor tried to abort me in the womb claiming I would be a mental and physical vegetable.
- The man has been a brain-dead vegetable for the last two decades.
- Doctors say he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life, and even if he does come out of the coma - his brain is too damaged for him to lead a normal life.
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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.
The early use was adjectival in the sense ‘growing as a plant’, from late Latin vegetabilis ‘animating’. The noun dates from the late 16th century. Related words include vegetative (Late Middle English); vegetation (mid 16th century); and vegetate (early 17th century). The slang use veg out meaning ‘pass the time in mindless activity’ arose in the 1980s. Vegetarian is an irregular formation of the mid 19th century; the abbreviation veggie dates from the 1970s.
- US English dictionary
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