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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: vegetabilis 'growing', from vegetare 'to grow', from Latin vegere 'to cause to act, excite'

vegetable

1 noun
     
Related topics: Food, Gardening, Plants, Crops
vege‧ta‧ble1 S3 W3
1 [countable]DFHBP a plant that is eaten raw or cooked, such as a cabbage, a carrot, or peas:
organic methods of growing vegetables
vegetable soup
Vitamin A is found in liver and green vegetables.
salad vegetables (=vegetables such as lettuce or tomatoes eaten raw)
2 [countable] not polite an offensive word for someone who is alive but who cannot talk or move because their brain is damaged

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