Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The plants of an area or a region; plant life.
  • noun The act or process of vegetating.
  • noun Medicine An abnormal growth on a body part.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In phytogeography, the sum total, or a local aggregate, of plant individuals, often of many species, viewed with reference to their ecological adjustment to each other and to all the efficient factors of their environment: contrasted with flora, which denotes a scheme of species rather than a sum of individuals.
  • noun The act or process of vegetating; the process of growing exhibited by plants.
  • noun Plants collectively: as, luxuriant vegetation.
  • noun In pathology, an excrescence or growth on any surface of the body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of vegetating, or growing as a plant does; vegetable growth.
  • noun The sum of vegetable life; vegetables or plants in general.
  • noun (Med.) An exuberant morbid outgrowth upon any part, especially upon the valves of the heart.
  • noun (Old Chem.) a crystalline growth of an arborescent form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Plants, taken collectively.
  • noun pathology, countable An abnormal verrucous or fibrinous growth

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

  • noun all the plant life in a particular region or period
  • noun an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)
  • noun inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life
  • noun the process of growth in plants

Etymologies

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From Middle French végétation.

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