Definition of vegetal in English:


Syllabification: veg·e·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈvejətl


  • 1 formal Of or 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 Of or 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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