Noun Vegetable Definition and Examples







A plant or part of a plant used as food, such as a cabbage, potato, turnip, or bean.
  1. as modifier 'a vegetable garden'
  2. 'Why not consider taking on an allotment and growing your own fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.'
  3. 'A glass of fresh vegetable juice is a healthy snack that will provide your body with important nutrients.'
  4. 'The children received cooking classes from local chefs who introduced them to cooking healthy foods such as vegetable soup and home made pizzas.'
  5. 'Vegetables like broccoli will soak up flavour best.'
  6. 'Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables to replenish the nutrients your body craves.'
  7. 'My parents still make a living selling vegetables at farmers markets.'
  8. 'Fruit and vegetables also contain non-essential nutrients called phytochemicals, which have some potent properties.'
  9. 'Janet stood in her kitchen chopping vegetables for salad.'
  10. 'If you don't like spinach, try other green vegetables such as beans or bok choy.'
  11. 'Most of the vegetables and fruit are grown organically on the estate and they also produce their own honey.'
  12. 'Garlic, oats, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables all help lower bad cholesterol - as does red wine.'
A person with a dull or inactive life.


    Relating to plants or plant life, especially as distinct from animal life or mineral substances.
    1. 'Terrestrial orchids grow in the humus - the rich, loose top layer of soil that is made up of decaying leaves and vegetable matter.'
    2. 'Rock Sandpipers are unusual among shorebirds in that they commonly eat vegetable matter, including seeds, berries, moss, and algae.'
    3. 'Fats and oils are obtained from vegetable and animal sources.'
    4. 'The officers found a ‘greenish slab of vegetable substance believed to be cannabis’ when they searched his bag.'
    5. 'Originally, perfumes came from animal and vegetable sources.'
    6. 'They typically eat insects and floating vegetable matter but their diet also includes zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae, and worms.'
    7. 'Its diet consists chiefly of vegetable matter, but it also eats small animals.'
    8. 'They feed insects and spiders to their young, but adults eat more than 90% vegetable matter throughout the year.'
    9. 'They probably eat more vegetable than animal matter over the course of a year.'
    10. 'However, the commercial fish food is designed to offer a nutrient-rich and balanced diet, and it contains both animal and vegetable matter.'
    ((n.) A plant. See Plant.|--|(n.) 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.|--|)


    1. any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food, as the tomato, bean, beet, potato, onion, asparagus, spinach, or cauliflower.

    2. the edible part of such a plant, as the tuber of the potato.

    3. any member of the vegetable kingdom; plant.

    4. Informal. a person who is so severely impaired mentally or physically as to be largely incapable of conscious responses or activity.

    5. a dull, spiritless, and uninteresting person. adjective

    6. of, consisting of, or made from edible vegetables: a vegetable diet.

    7. of, relating to, or characteristic of plants: the vegetable kingdom.

    8. derived from plants: vegetable fiber; vegetable oils.

    9. consisting of, comprising, or containing the substance or remains of plants: vegetable matter; a vegetable organism. 10. of the nature of or resembling a plant: the vegetable forms of Art Nouveau ornament. 1

    1. inactive; inert; dull; uneventful: a vegetable existence.


    "There can be vegetable prices."
    "There can be vegetable vitamins."
    "There can be vegetable tannins."
    "There can be vegetable markets."
    "There can be vegetable businesses."
    "There can be vegetable units."
    "There can be vegetable seeds."
    "There can be vegetable sectors."
    "There can be vegetable pricings."
    "There can be vegetable outs."
    "There can be vegetable juices."
    "There can be vegetable intensivelies."
    "There can be vegetable diets."
    "There can be vegetable braisings."
    "There can be vegetable backs."
    "There can be vegetable associations."
    "There can be vegetable alternatives."
    "vegetables can be in places."
    "vegetables can be from places."
    "vegetables can be to places."
    "vegetables can taste things in worlds."
    "vegetables can taste things in seasons."
    "vegetables can take prizes in sections."
    "vegetables can push down indexes in/at/on percents."
    "vegetables can provide calories in/at/on amounts."
    "vegetables can produce features such as quail."
    "vegetables can play parts in diets."
    "vegetables can obey orders at alls."
    "vegetables can have flavours to celeries."
    "vegetables can have consumptions about one-thirds."
    "vegetables can have concentrations within limits."
    "vegetables can have capacities after sowings."
    "vegetables can get people in bottles."
    "vegetables can export makes in/at/on percents."
    "vegetables can expect doses over periods."
    "vegetables can enjoy dinners on occasions."
    "vegetables can eliminate needs for treatments."
    "vegetables can eat diets in fats."
    "vegetables can do things in matters."
    "vegetables can cook steams in boilings."

    Late Middle English (in the sense ‘growing as a plant’): from Old French, or from late Latin vegetabilis ‘animating’, from Latin vegetare (see vegetate). The noun dates from the late 16th century.

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