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- n. The quality or state of being vegetal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being vegetal, or vegetable.
- n. The quality or state of being vegetal, or exhibiting those physiological phenomena which are common to plants and animals. See Vegetal, a., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Vegetable character or quality; vegetability.
- n. The aggregate of physiological functions, nutritive, developmental, and reproductive, which are common to both animals and vegetables, but which constitute the sole vital processes of the latter. See vegetal, a., 2.
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"Hence we may be assured that it is only among the singular beings of these lowest classes, and especially in the lowest orders of these classes, that it is possible to find on both sides the primitive germs of life, and consequently the germs of the most important faculties of animality and vegetality."