vegetable

[ vej-tuh-buh l, vej-i-tuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF vegetable
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VEGETABLE

A fruit and vegetable diet seems sufficient in this climate.

The tale of the resources of California—vegetable and mineral—is a fairy-tale.

And this is no doubt as true of animal as of vegetable life.

What is the sun's effect on ice and snow, on vegetable and animal life?

The flower beds were arranged here and there in the vegetable garden.

They are the only vegetable that should be put into cold water.

We cannot live without destroying other lives, animal or vegetable.

It must be—really—yes, the vegetable element is predominant.

The hair sieve will keep back the other vegetable, the flavour of which only is wanted.

Alexander the Great introduced the "vegetable wool" into Europe.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "living and growing as a plant," from Old French vegetable "living, fit to live," from Medieval Latin vegetabilis "growing, flourishing," from Late Latin vegetabilis "animating, enlivening," from Latin vegetare "to enliven," from vegetus "vigorous, active," from vegere "to be alive, active, to quicken," from PIE *weg- "be strong, lively," related to watch (v.), vigor, velocity, and possibly witch (see vigil). The meaning "resembling that of a vegetable, dull, uneventful" is attested from 1854 (see vegetable (n.)).

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