Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of plants.
  • adj. Relating to growth rather than to sexual reproduction; vegetative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to vegetables or other plants (as opposed to animal)
  • adj. a grassy, herbaceous taste
  • n. Any vegetable organism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to vegetables, or the vegetable kingdom; of the nature of a vegetable; vegetable.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, that class of vital phenomena, such as digestion, absorption, assimilation, secretion, excretion, circulation, generation, etc., which are common to plants and animals, in distinction from sensation and volition, which are peculiar to animals.
  • n. A vegetable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining, or relating to a plant or plants; having the characteristics or nature of a vegetable; vegetable.
  • Of or pertaining to the series of vital phenomena common to plants and animals—namely, digestion and nutritive assimilation, growth, absorption, secretion, excretion, circulation, respiration, and generation, as contradistinguished from sensation and volition, which are peculiar to animals.
  • n. A plant; a vegetable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes
  • adj. composed of vegetation or plants

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin vegetālis, from Latin vegetāre, to enliven; see vegetable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  •   She is tossing off the last of what she calls her vegetal state.

    Old clothes, bread, cream and butter.

  • She is tossing off the last of what she calls her vegetal state.

    Old clothes, bread, cream and butter.

  • Good ol 'Inca or grasa vegetal is just fine for pie crusts.

    I need Mexican Crisco

  • Peel back some husk and smell it: Does it smell vegetal, green or like sweet corn?

    Shop for this week's Dinner in Minutes

  • The rest of the opera got a hanging vegetal wall (a recent architectural invention) of gigantic trees and leaves, also placed far downstage.

    The Hun Wears Prada

  • The kernels within smelled green and vegetal – not like corn.

    Chef Keller, in the house

  • Pull back a bit of the corn husks and smell the kernels; they should smell like sweet corn, not green or overly vegetal.

    Chef Keller, in the house

  • The versatile flavor of the variety, from a vegetal, farmyard character to a heavily perfumed nose and an ethereal, silky palate, light in texture, lends itself to the warmer months.

    Summer Wines

  • With a few years bottle maturity, great red Burgundy can indeed take on a vegetal, gamey odor, a smell I associate with decay or in some circumstances the vegetal character of the forest floor.

    The Scent of Burgundy

  • Carte internationale du tapis vegetal et dea conditions ecologiques. 3 coupures au 1/1,000,000 de Madagascar.

    Madagascar dry deciduous forests

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  • ...vegetal spring stirrings...

    - Peter Reading, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977

    June 26, 2008

  • c1400 in Ashm. Theatr. Chem. Brit. (1652) 211 Wyth vygital moyster and of the red Grap.

    May 15, 2008