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Definitions of vegetable

  1. of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants; "decaying vegetable matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Plants having distinct flowers and true seeds. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Plants without true flowers, and reproduced by minute spores of various kinds, or by simple cell division. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A plant. See Plant. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A plant used or cultivated for food for man or domestic animals, as the cabbage, turnip, potato, bean, dandelion, etc.; also, the edible part of such a plant, as prepared for market or the table. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A plant, especially a plant cultivated for food; the portion of such a plant gathered and prepared for market, or ready for the table. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; composed of plants; as, vegetable life. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. 1. A plant, specifically one used for food. 2. Relating to plants, as distinguished from animals or minerals. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. An organized body without sensation and voluntary motion, nourished by roots fixed in the ground: a plant for the table. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Belonging to plants: consisting of or having the nature of plants: derived from vegetables. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. A plant; plant, or a portion of it, used for food. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Pertaining to, or derived from, plants. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling plants. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Pertaining to garden vegetables. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. The edible part of a garden plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Any plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Belonging to plants; consisting of plants; having the nature of plants. Vegetable-marrow, the fruit of a species of gourd used for culinary purposes. Vegetable-ivory, a close-grained and hard vegetable substance, resembling the finest ivory, which is the product of a species of palm. Vegetable-earth, humus or mould, consisting chiefly of vegetable ingredients. Vegetable-kingdom, the vegetable creation. See Vegetate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. A plant or organized body destitute of sense and voluntary motion, deriving its nourishment from the earth and, in general, propagating by seeds; a plant used for culinary purposes, or for feeding cattle and sheep. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. An organised body destitute of sensation and voluntary motion, deriving its nourishment by means of roots from the earth; a plant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. Pert. to plants; having the nature of plants; derived from vegetables. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. A person who has permanently lost consciousness, due to damage to the brain, but remains alive; sometimes continued life requires support by machinery such as breathing tubes. Such a person is said to be in a vegetative state. dictgcide_fs
  26. vej'e-ta-bl, n. an organised body without sensation and voluntary motion, nourished by roots fixed in the ground: a plant for the table.--adj. belonging to plants: consisting of or having the nature of plants: derived from vegetables.--adj. VEG'ETAL, of the nature of a vegetable: pertaining to the vital functions of plants and animals, as growth, reproduction, &c.--ns. VEG'ETALINE, a substitute for ivory, &c., made by treating woody fibre with sulphuric acid, mixing with various ingredients, and pressing into any required form; VEGETAL'ITY, vegetable character, the vegetal functions collectively.--adj. VEGET[=A]'RIAN, pertaining to those who abstain from animal food: consisting of vegetables.--n. one who holds that vegetables are the only proper food for man.--n. VEGET[=A]'RIANISM, the theory and practice of a vegetarian.--v.i. VEG'ET[=A]TE, to grow by roots and leaves: to sprout: to lead an idle, aimless life.--n. VEGET[=A]'TION, process of growing, as a plant: vegetable growth: plants in general.--adj. VEG'ET[=A]TIVE, growing, as plants: producing growth in plants: pertaining to unconscious or involuntary bodily functions as resembling the processes of vegetable growth: without intellectual activity, unprogressive.--adv. VEG'ET[=A]TIVELY.--n. VEG'ET[=A]TIVENESS.--adj. VEGETE (vej'[=e]t), vigorous.--n. VEG'ETIVE (Shak.), a vegetable.--VEGETABLE KINGDOM, that division of natural objects which embraces vegetables or plants; VEGETABLE MARROW, the fruit of a species of gourd, so called from its marrow-like appearance; VEGETABLE MOULD, mould consisting mostly of humus; VEGETABLE PHYSIOLOGY, that department of botany which treats of the growth and functions of plants. [O. Fr.,--Low L. vegetabilis, animating--L. veget[=a]re, to quicken--veg[=e]re, to be lively; akin to vig[=e]re, to be vigorous. Cf. Vigour.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. [Latin] Of, pertaining to, or derived from plants; as V. astringents, V. albumin, V. chemistry, V. charcoal. V. alkali, V. base, an alkaloid. V. cathartic pillis, see Cathartic. V. haematin, aspergillin. V. proteids, proteids comprising V. casein (see Casein), V. albumin, and V. albumoses, found in various v. tissues. See Gluten and Legumin. V. sulphur, lycopodium. na
  28. [Latin] A plant; especially, an edible plant. na
  29. Of (the nature of), derived from, concerned with, comprising, plants, as v. colic (caused by use of unripe fruit), IVORY, jelly (=PECTIN), KINGDOM, MARROW, napahtha, oyster (=SALSIFY), physiology, SPONGE. Hence vegetability n. (N.) plant, esp. herbaceous plant used for culinary purposes or for feeding cattle, e.g. cabbage, potato, turnip, bean, (often attrib., as v. diet, soup). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Pertaining to plants or plant life. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  31. Derived from plants or plant life. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. Any form or species of plant. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  33. n. An organized body destitute of sense and voluntary motion, deriving its nourishment through pores on its outer surface, or vessels adhering to some other body, as the earth, and in general propagating itself by seeds;—in a more limited sense, a plant cultivated in gardens, and used for culinary purposes. Cabinet Dictionary

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