vegetable

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French vegetable, from Latin vegetābilis(able to live and grow), derived from vegetāre(to enliven)

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Noun[edit]

vegetable ‎(plural vegetables)

  1. Any plant.
    • 1837, The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (volume 23, page 222)
      That he might ascertain whether any of the cloths of ancient Egypt were made of hemp, M. Dutrochet has examined with the microscope the weavable filaments of this last vegetable.
  2. A plant raised for some edible part of it, such as the leaves, roots, fruit or flowers, but excluding any plant considered to be a fruit, grain, or spice in the culinary sense.
  3. The edible part of such a plant.
  4. (figuratively, derogatory) A person whose brain (or, infrequently, body) has been damaged so that they cannot interact with the surrounding environment; a brain-dead person.

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  • (derogatory term for a person with brain damage): cabbage

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Adjective[edit]

vegetable ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to plants.
  2. Of or relating to vegetables.

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