1.Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc.
Blooming ambrosial fruit
Of vegetable gold.
- Milton.
2.Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom.
Vegetable alkali
(Chem.) an alkaloid.
Vegetable brimstone
(Bot.) See Vegetable sulphur, below.
Vegetable butter
(Bot.) a name of several kinds of concrete vegetable oil; as that produced by the Indian butter tree, the African shea tree, and the Pentadesma butyracea, a tree of the order Guttiferæ, also African. Still another kind is pressed from the seeds of cocoa (Theobroma).
Vegetable flannel
a textile material, manufactured in Germany from pine-needle wool, a down or fiber obtained from the leaves of the Pinus sylvestris.
Vegetable ivory
See Ivory nut, under Ivory.
Vegetable jelly
See Pectin.
Vegetable kingdom
(Nat. Hist.) See the last Phrase, below.
Vegetable leather
a - (Bot.) A shrubby West Indian spurge (Euphorbia punicea), with leathery foliage and crimson bracts.
b - See Vegetable leather, under Leather.
Vegetable marrow
(Bot.) an egg-shaped gourd, commonly eight to ten inches long. It is noted for the very tender quality of its flesh, and is a favorite culinary vegetable in England. It has been said to be of Persian origin, but is now thought to have been derived from a form of the American pumpkin.
Vegetable oyster
(Bot.) the oyster plant. See under Oyster.
Vegetable parchment
Vegetable sheep
(Bot.) a white woolly plant (Raoulia eximia) of New Zealand, which grows in the form of large fleecy cushions on the mountains.
Vegetable silk
a cottonlike, fibrous material obtained from the coating of the seeds of a Brazilian tree (Chorisia speciosa). It is used for various purposes, as for stuffing cushions, and the like, but is incapable of being spun on account of a want of cohesion among the fibers.
Vegetable sponge
See 1st Loof.
Vegetable sulphur
the fine and highly inflammable spores of the club moss (Lycopodium clavatum); witch meal.
Vegetable tallow
a substance resembling tallow, obtained from various plants; as, Chinese vegetable tallow, obtained from the seeds of the tallow tree. Indian vegetable tallow is a name sometimes given to piney tallow.
Vegetable wax
a waxy excretion on the leaves or fruits of certain plants, as the bayberry.
Vegetable kingdom
(Nat. Hist.) that primary division of living things which includes all plants. The classes of the vegetable kingdom have been grouped differently by various botanists. The following is one of the best of the many arrangements of the principal subdivisions.
3.Plants having distinct flowers and true seeds.
n.1.(Biol.) A plant. See Plant.
2.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.
3.A person who has permanently lost consciousness, due to damage to the brain, but remains alive; sometimes continued life requires support by machinery such as breathing tubes. Such a person is said to be in a vegetative state.
Noun1.vegetable - edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
Synonyms: veggie
2.vegetable - 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
Adj.1.vegetable - of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants; "decaying vegetable matter"
animal - of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals; "the animal kingdom"; "animal instincts"; "animal fats"
mineral - of or containing or derived from minerals; "a mineral deposit"; "mineral water"
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