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vegetarian

[vej-i-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i ən/
noun
1.
a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
3.
devoted to or advocating this practice.
4.
consisting solely of vegetables:
vegetarian vegetable soup.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; veget(able) + -arian
Related forms
nonvegetarian, adjective, noun
Can be confused
vegan, vegetarian.
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vegetarian

/ˌvɛdʒɪˈtɛərɪən/
noun
1.
a person who advocates or practises vegetarianism
adjective
2.
relating to, advocating, or practising vegetarianism
3.
(cookery) strictly, consisting of vegetables and fruit only, but usually including milk, cheese, eggs, etc
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Word Origin and History for non-vegetarian

vegetarian

n.

1839, irregular formation from vegetable (n.) + -arian, as in agrarian, etc. "The general use of the word appears to have been largely due to the formation of the Vegetarian Society in Ramsgate in 1847" [OED].

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non-vegetarian in Medicine

vegetarian veg·e·tar·i·an (věj'ĭ-târ'ē-ən)
n.
One who practices vegetarianism. adj.

  1. Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.

  2. Consisting primarily or wholly of vegetables and vegetable products.

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