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[vej-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole:
the vegetation of the Nile valley.
the act or process of vegetating.
a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.
Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.
Origin of vegetation
1555-65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō), equivalent to vegetāt- (see vegetate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetationless, adjective
nonvegetation, noun
prevegetation, noun
undervegetation, noun
3. inactivity, idleness, sloth, lethargy. Unabridged
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  • She was the 'great mother' who fostered all vegetation and agriculture.

  • The grotto was completely lost to sight beneath the onslaught of vegetation.

  • I love dear wild spots in a garden when vegetation admits of them.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • The work of vegetation begins first in the irritability of the bark and leaf-buds.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • As a god of vegetation, a king would not eat vegetables any more than a savage usually eats his totem.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • We are struck with the aspect of barrenness caused by the absence of vegetation.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Brongniart, to show a transition character between the vegetation of the secondary and that of the tertiary formations.

British Dictionary definitions for vegetation


plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
the process of vegetating
(pathol) any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
a vegetative existence
Derived Forms
vegetational, adjective
vegetatious, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vegetation

1560s, "act of vegetating," from Middle French végétation, from Medieval Latin vegetationem (nominative vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727.

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vegetation in Medicine

vegetation veg·e·ta·tion (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)

  1. The process of growth in plants.

  2. An abnormal bodily growth or excrescence, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria that is adherent to a diseased heart valve.

  3. A vegetative state of impaired consciousness.

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vegetation in Science
  1. The plants of an area or a region; plant life.

  2. An abnormal bodily accretion, especially a clot composed largely of fused blood platelets, fibrin, and sometimes bacteria, that adheres to a diseased heart valve.

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