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Vegetarian food.


vegetable +‎ -arian; popularized following 1847 foundation of British Vegetarian Society.



vegetarian (plural vegetarians)

  1. A person who does not eat animal flesh, or, in some cases, use any animal products. [from 1839]
    • 1839 Fanny Kemble, Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838–1839, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1863, pp. 197–198:
      "The sight and smell of raw meat are especially odious to me, and I have often thought that if I had had to be my own cook, I should inevitably become a vegetarian, probably, indeed, return entirely to my green and salad days."
    • 1897, Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, Universal Dictionary of the English Language, volume 4, page 5045:
      Vegetarian Society [] A society [] formed at Manchester in 1847, to promote the use of cereals, pulse, and fruit, as articles of diet; and to induce habits of abstinence from fish, flesh, and fowl, as food.
    • 1897, Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, Universal Dictionary of the English Language, volume 4, page 5045:
      vegetarian [] One who abstains from animal food, living exclusively on vegetables, milk, eggs, and the like. The more strict vegetarians eat vegetables and farinaceous food only, abstaining from eggs, butter, milk, and in some cases, honey.
    • 1925-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xv[1]:
      I went in for all books available on vegetarianism and read them. One of these, Howard Williams' The Ethics of Diet, was a 'biographical history of the literature of humane dietetics from the earliest period to the present day'. It tried to make out, that all philosophers and prophets from Pythagoras and Jesus down to those of the present age were vegetarians.
  2. An animal that eats only plants; a herbivore.
    Synonym: herbivore (standard term)


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vegetarian (comparative more vegetarian, superlative most vegetarian)

  1. Of or relating to the type of diet eaten by vegetarians (in all senses). [from 1849]
    Synonym: Pythagorean
  2. Without meat.
  3. Of a product normally made with meat, having non-meat substitutes in place of meat.
    • 2008, Wil Forbis, Acid Logic: A Decade of Humorous Writing on Pop Culture, Trash Cinema, and Rebel Music, p. 208:
      Is there such a thing as a good tasting vegetarian hot dog? Cuz every one I've tried tasted like smelted tire.
  4. (of a person) That does not eat meat.
    I have a vegetarian brother


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Borrowed from English vegetarian.


vegetarian c

  1. A vegetarian.


Declension of vegetarian 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative vegetarian vegetarianen vegetarianer vegetarianerna
Genitive vegetarians vegetarianens vegetarianers vegetarianernas

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