Definitions of vegetable

  1. of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants; " decaying vegetable matter"
  2. edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
  3. any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower
  4. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc.
  5. Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom.
  6. Plants having distinct flowers and true seeds.
  7. Plants without true flowers, and reproduced by minute spores of various kinds, or by simple cell division.
  8. A plant. See Plant.
  9. A plant used or cultivated for food for man or domestic animals, as the cabbage, turnip, potato, bean, dandelion, etc.; also, the edible part of such a plant, as prepared for market or the table.
  10. A plant, especially a plant cultivated for food; the portion of such a plant gathered and prepared for market, or ready for the table.
  11. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; composed of plants; as, vegetable life.
  12. An organized body without sensation and voluntary motion, nourished by roots fixed in the ground: a plant for the table.
  13. Belonging to plants: consisting of or having the nature of plants: derived from vegetables.
  14. A plant; plant, or a portion of it, used for food.
  15. Pertaining to, or derived from, plants.
  16. Pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling plants.
  17. Pertaining to garden vegetables.
  18. The edible part of a garden plant.
  19. Any plant.
  20. Belonging to plants; consisting of plants; having the nature of plants. Vegetable- marrow, the fruit of a species of gourd used for culinary purposes. Vegetable- ivory, a close- grained and hard vegetable substance, resembling the finest ivory, which is the product of a species of palm. Vegetable- earth, humus or mould, consisting chiefly of vegetable ingredients. Vegetable- kingdom, the vegetable creation. See Vegetate.
  21. An organised body destitute of sensation and voluntary motion, deriving its nourishment by means of roots from the earth; a plant.
  22. Pert. to plants; having the nature of plants; derived from vegetables.

Usage examples for vegetable

  1. " There is no vegetable life in our universe. – Raiders of the Universes by Donald Wandrei
  2. The most she could do was to give Rob an opportunity of speaking, which she did without delay, walking with him to the gate, and keeping purposely silent the while; but it was of no use, for he seemed resolved to avoid personal subjects, would not mention Hector's name, and discoursed on vegetable life to an audience inclined to wish that such a thing as plant or flower had never existed! – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  3. There was besides a very large vegetable garden for the use of the convent, which at this time contained about a hundred and thirty people. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  4. It is an excellent vegetable, good to eat all the year round, but especially in the spring and summer. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  5. That rascal let his horse into my vegetable garden. – Marie by Alexander Pushkin
  6. Vegetable food comes directly from the land; animal food comes indirectly from the land, all animals being fed on the land. – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  7. Because on Monday he went to a meeting of the Vegetable Gardeners, and proposed the health of the Chairman. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  8. Neither the vegetable nor the flower garden could be kept so nicely as might be wished. – Harriet Martineau by Florence Fenwick Miller
  9. The tobacco plant, like most of the vegetable products, has many and varied foes. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  10. To his deep disappointment, there was no sign of life, either animal or vegetable, as far as his eye could reach. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  11. It is also formed by the decay of animal and vegetable matter. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  12. An idea struck Michael in this vegetable cemetery. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  13. We have already seen that metals respond to stimulus by E. M. variation, just as do animal and vegetable tissues. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  14. In front of the window two pigs were quarrelling over a vegetable. – Last Words by Stephen Crane
  15. I prefer hilltop with deep vegetable or sandy loam. – The Apple by Various