Definition of vegetation in English:


Line breaks: vege|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /vɛdʒɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1Plants considered collectively, especially those found in a particular area or habitat: the chalk cliffs are mainly sheer with little vegetation
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  • Clear all grass or other vegetation from the area that you have selected.
  • Aspergillus fumigatus is a common fungus that grows on soil, plant debris and rotting vegetation in the autumn and winter.
  • The field was plowed just before planting, but natural vegetation was allowed to regrow during the experiment.
plants, plant life, flora;
rare herbage, verdure
2The action or process of vegetating.
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  • Two irrigation regimes were compared and plants were sampled at four stages of vegetation.


mid 16th century (in sense 2): from medieval Latin vegetatio(n-) 'power of growth', from the verb vegetare (see vegetate).



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  • By employing pollen analysis, scientists have been able to reconstruct past vegetational communities and analyse how those vegetation patterns have changed over time.
  • Pollen from deposits also produces sequences of climatic and vegetational change, but these tend to be fairly localized.
  • Indirect evidence suggests that changes in prairie vole grazing patterns and reproductive physiology may be in part responsible for vegetational changes.

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