Definition of vegetation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌvejəˈtāSH(ə)n/


1Plants considered collectively, especially those found in a particular area or habitat: the chalk cliffs are mainly sheer with little vegetation
More example sentences
  • 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.
2The action or process of vegetating.
Example sentences
  • Two irrigation regimes were compared and plants were sampled at four stages of vegetation.
3 Medicine An abnormal growth on or in the body.
Example sentences
  • At autopsy, no eosinophils were found in either the endomyocardial specimens or the vegetation.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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