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Meaning of VEGETABLE

Pronunciation:  'vejtubul

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  1. [n]  edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
  2. [n]  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
  3. [adj]  of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants; "decaying vegetable matter"

VEGETABLE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: rootlike, seedlike, stalklike, stemlike, vegetal, vegetational, vegetative, veggie
 Antonyms: animal, mineral
 See Also: artichoke, artichoke, artichoke heart, artichoke plant, asparagus, bamboo shoot, beet, Beta vulgaris, cardoon, cardoon, celery, common beet, cruciferous vegetable, cucumber, cuke, Cynara cardunculus, Cynara scolymus, earthnut, fennel, finocchio, Florence fennel, garden truck, globe artichoke, globe artichoke, green, green goods, green groceries, greens, gumbo, herb, herb, herbaceous plant, herbaceous plant, leafy vegetable, leek, legume, mushroom, okra, onion, pieplant, plantain, potherb, prickly-seeded spinach, produce, pumpkin, rabbit food, raw vegetable, rhubarb, root vegetable, solanaceous vegetable, spinach, spinach plant, Spinacia oleracea, squash, truffle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Veg`e*ta*ble\, a. [F. v['e]g['e]table growing,
    capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable,
    from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven,
    invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active,
    vegere to quicken, arouse, to be lively, akin to vigere to be
    lively, to thrive, vigil watchful, awake, and probably to E.
    wake, v. See {Vigil}, {Wake}, v.]
    1. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or
       produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable
       growths, juices, etc.
             Blooming ambrosial fruit Of vegetable gold.
    2. Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable
    {Vegetable alkali} (Chem.), an alkaloid.
    {Vegetable brimstone}. (Bot.) See {Vegetable sulphur}, below.
    {Vegetable butter} (Bot.), a name of several kinds of
       concrete vegetable oil; as that produced by the Indian
       butter tree, the African shea tree, and the {Pentadesma
       butyracea}, a tree of the order {Guttifer[ae]}, also
       African. Still another kind is pressed from the seeds of
       cocoa ({Theobroma}).
    {Vegetable flannel}, a textile material, manufactured in
       Germany from pine-needle wool, a down or fiber obtained
       from the leaves of the {Pinus sylvestris}.
    {Vegetable ivory}. See {Ivory nut}, under {Ivory}.
    {Vegetable jelly}. See {Pectin}.
    {Vegetable kingdom}. (Nat. Hist.) See the last Phrase, below.
    {Vegetable leather}.
       (a) (Bot.) A shrubby West Indian spurge ({Euphorbia
           punicea}), with leathery foliage and crimson bracts.
       (b) See {Vegetable leather}, under {Leather}.
    {Vegetable marrow} (Bot.), an egg-shaped gourd, commonly
       eight to ten inches long. It is noted for the very tender
       quality of its flesh, and is a favorite culinary vegetable
       in England. It has been said to be of Persian origin, but
       is now thought to have been derived from a form of the
       American pumpkin.
    {Vegetable oyster} (Bot.), the oyster plant. See under
    {Vegetable parchment}, papyrine.
    {Vegetable sheep} (Bot.), a white woolly plant ({Raoulia
       eximia}) of New Zealand, which grows in the form of large
       fleecy cushions on the mountains.
    {Vegetable silk}, a cottonlike, fibrous material obtained
       from the coating of the seeds of a Brazilian tree
       ({Chorisia speciosa}). It us used for various purposes, as
       for stuffing, and the like, but is incapable of being spun
       on account of a want of cohesion among the fibers.
    {Vegetable sponge}. See 1st {Loof}.
    {Vegetable sulphur}, the fine highly inflammable spores of
       the club moss ({Lycopodium clavatum}); witch.
    {Vegetable tallow}, a substance resembling tallow, obtained
       from various plants; as, {Chinese vegetable tallow},
       obtained from the seeds of the tallow tree. {Indian
       vegetable tallow} is a name sometimes given to piney
    {Vegetable wax}, a waxy excretion on the leaves or fruits of
       certain plants, as the bayberry.
    {Vegetable kingdom} (Nat. Hist.), that primary division of
       living things which includes all plants. The classes of
       the vegetable kingdom have been grouped differently by
       various botanists. The following is one of the best of the
       many arrangements of the principal subdivisions.
  2. \Veg"e*ta*ble\, n.
    1. (Biol.) A plant. See {Plant}.
    2. 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.
    Note: Vegetables and fruits are sometimes loosely
          distinguished by the usual need of cooking the former
          for the use of man, while the latter may be eaten raw;
          but the distinction often fails, as in the case of
          quinces, barberries, and other fruits, and lettuce,
          celery, and other vegetables. Tomatoes if cooked are
          vegetables, if eaten raw are fruits.