Definition of vegetable
What does the word vegetable mean?
part of speech: adjective, noun
Of (the nature of), derived from, concerned with, comprising, plants, as v. colic (caused by use of unripe fruit), IVORY, jelly (=PECTIN), KINGDOM, MARROW, napahtha, oyster (=SALSIFY), physiology, SPONGE. Hence vegetability n. (N.) plant, esp. herbaceous plant used for culinary purposes or for feeding cattle, e.g. cabbage, potato, turnip, bean, (often attrib., as v. diet, soup). [French]