Definitions for vegetableˈvɛdʒ tə bəl, ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

veg•e•ta•bleˈvɛdʒ tə bəl, ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tə-(n.)

  1. any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food.

    Category: Botany, Cooking

  2. any part of a plant that is customarily eaten and is not developed from a flower.

    Category: Cooking

    Ref: Compare fruit (def. 1). 3

  3. any member of the vegetable kingdom.

    Category: Botany

  4. a person who is severely impaired mentally or physically.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  5. a dull or spiritless person.

  6. (adj.)of, consisting of, or made from edible vegetables.

  7. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of plants.

  8. derived from plants.

  9. comprising or containing the substance or remains of plants:

    vegetable matter.

    Category: Ecology

Origin of vegetable:

1350–1400; < LL vegetābilis able to live and grow, der. of L vegetā(re) to quicken

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vegetable, veggie, veg(noun)

    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

  2. vegetable(noun)

    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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vegetable(noun)ˈvɛdʒ tə bəl, ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tə-

    a plant eaten as food

    broccoli, spinach, and other green vegetables; vegetable soup

Wiktionary

  1. vegetable(Noun)

    Any plant.

  2. vegetable(Noun)

    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. vegetable(Noun)

    The edible part of such a plant.

  4. vegetable(Noun)

    A person whose brain (or, infrequently, body) has been damaged so that they cannot interact with the surrounding environment; a brain-dead person.

  5. vegetable(Adjective)

    Of or relating to plants.

  6. vegetable(Adjective)

    Of or relating to vegetables.

  7. Origin: (1350-1400) (adj.), from vegetabilis ("able to live and grow"), derived from vegetare ("to enliven")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vegetable

    of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc

  2. Vegetable

    consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom

  3. Vegetable

    plants having distinct flowers and true seeds

  4. Vegetable

    plants without true flowers, and reproduced by minute spores of various kinds, or by simple cell division

  5. Vegetable(noun)

    a plant. See Plant

  6. Vegetable(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Vegetable

    In culinary terms, a vegetable is an edible plant or its part, intended for cooking or eating raw. In biological terms, "vegetable" designates members of the plant kingdom. The non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Apart from vegetables, other main types of plant food are fruits, grains and nuts. Vegetables are most often consumed as salads or cooked in savory or salty dishes, while culinary fruits are usually sweet and used for desserts, but it is not the universal rule. Therefore, the division is somewhat arbitrary, based on cultural views. For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables even though they are not biologically plants, while others consider them a separate food category; some cultures group potatoes with cereal products such as noodles or rice, while most English speakers would consider them vegetables. Some vegetables can be consumed raw, some may be eaten cooked, and some must be cooked to destroy certain natural toxins or microbes in order to be edible, such as eggplant, unripe tomatoes, potatoes, daylily, winter melon, fiddlehead fern, and most kinds of legume/beans. A number of processed food items available on the market contain vegetable ingredients and can be referred to as "vegetable derived" products. These products may or may not maintain the nutritional integrity of the vegetable used to produce them.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vegetable' in Nouns Frequency: #1460


Translations for vegetable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

vegetable(noun)

a plant or part of a plant, other than a fruit, used as food

We grow potatoes, beans and other vegetables; (also adjective) vegetable oils.

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