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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vegetable  \Veg`e*ta*ble\,  a.  [F.  v['e]g['e]table  growing, 
  capable  of  growing,  formerly  also  as  a  noun  a  vegetable, 
  from  L.  vegetabilis  enlivening,  from  vegetare  to  enliven, 
  invigorate,  quicken,  vegetus  enlivened,  vigorous,  active, 
  vegere  to  quicken,  arouse,  to  be  lively,  akin  to  vigere  to  be 
  lively,  to  thrive,  vigil  watchful,  awake,  and  probably  to  E. 
  wake,  v.  See  {Vigil},  {Wake},  v.] 
  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. 
  2.  Consisting  of  or  comprising,  plants;  as  the  vegetable 
  {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  {Guttifer[ae]},  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 
  {Vegetable  parchment},  papyrine. 
  {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  us  used  for  various  purposes,  as 
  for  stuffing,  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  highly  inflammable  spores  of 
  the  club  moss  ({Lycopodium  clavatum});  witch. 
  {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 
  {Vegetable  wax},  a  waxy  excretion  on  the  leaves  or  fruits  of 
  certain  plants,  as  the  bayberry. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vegetable  \Veg"e*ta*ble\,  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  of  the  nature  of  or  characteristic  of  or  derived  from 
  plants;  "decaying  vegetable  matter"  [ant:  {mineral},  {animal}] 
  n  1:  edible  seeds  or  roots  or  stems  or  leaves  or  bulbs  or  tubers 
  or  nonsweet  fruits  of  any  of  numerous  herbaceous  plant 
  [syn:  {veggie}] 
  2:  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 

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