- (now rare, historical) Capable of growth and reproduction, but not feeling or reason (often opposed to sensible and rational). [from 15th c.]
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition III, section 2, member 1, subsection i:
- Which although it be denominated from men, and most evident in them, yet it extends and shows itself in vegetal and sensible creatures […].
- Pertaining to vegetables or plants. [from 16th c.]
- (wine) Having a grassy, herbaceous taste.
vegetal (plural vegetals)
- (obsolete, chiefly, botany) Any vegetable organism.
- This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but even to vegetals and sensibles.