|1.||any of various herbaceous plants having parts that are used as food, such as peas, beans, cabbage, potatoes, cauliflower, and onions|
|2.||informal a person who has lost control of his mental faculties, limbs, etc, as from an injury, mental disease, etc|
|3.||a. a dull inactive person|
|b. (as modifier): a vegetable life|
|4.||(modifier) consisting of or made from edible vegetables: a vegetable diet|
|5.||(modifier) of, relating to, characteristic of, derived from, or consisting of plants or plant material: vegetable oils|
|6.||rare any member of the plant kingdom|
|[c14 (adj): from Late Latin vegetābilis animating, from vegetāre to enliven, from Latin vegēre to excite]|
vegetable veg·e·ta·ble (věj'tə-bəl, věj'ĭ-tə-)
A plant cultivated for an edible part, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower.
The edible part of such a plant.