vegetable
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈvɛd͡ʒtəbəl/
  • (America, CA) IPA: /ˈvɛd͡ʒətəbəl/, /ˈvɛd͡ʒtəbəl/, /ˈvɛt͡ʃtəbəl/
Noun

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, herb, or spice in the culinary sense.
    Synonyms: veg, veggie
  3. The edible part of such a plant.
    Synonyms: veg, veggie
  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.
    Synonyms: cabbage
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vegetable (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to plant#Noun|plants.
    • 1882, Thomas Hardy, chapter I, in Two on a Tower. A Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, […], OCLC 654408264 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      On an early winter afternoon, clear but not cold, when the vegetable world was a weird multitude of skeletons through whose ribs the sun shone freely, a gleaming landau came to a pause on the crest of a hill in Wessex.
  2. Of or relating to vegetables.
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