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[vej-i-tl] /ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tl/
of, relating to, or of the nature of plants or vegetables.
vegetative (def 5).
Origin of vegetal
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin veget(āre) to quicken (see vegetate) + -al -al1 Unabridged
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  • We raked them back and forth for a couple of minutes until they shriveled and their vegetal sugars began to caramelize.
  • The combination of the cooked carrot and carrot juice brings a delicate, vegetal sweetness to the sauce without added sugar.
  • The pumpkin, the biggest surprise, was my favorite-slightly vegetal and almost imperceptibly sweet.
  • Less vegetal and more vegetative, this pairs nicely with caffeine pills, or anything to prop your eyelids open.
  • vegetal cover decreases the effective stress exerted by the flow of water in the waterway channel.
  • It is practically omnivorous and feeds on animal and vegetal detritus.
British Dictionary definitions for vegetal


of, relating to, or characteristic of vegetables or plant life
of or relating to processes in plants and animals that do not involve sexual reproduction; vegetative
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin vegetāre to quicken; see vegetable
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vegetal in Medicine

vegetal veg·e·tal (věj'ĭ-tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of plants.

  2. Relating to growth rather than to sexual reproduction; vegetative.

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