vegetation

[vej-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
all the plants or plant life of a place, taken as a whole: the vegetation of the Nile valley.
2.
the act or process of vegetating.
3.
a dull existence; life devoid of mental or social activity.
4.
Pathology. a morbid growth, or excrescence.

Origin:
1555–65; < Medieval Latin vegetātiōn- (stem of vegetātiō), equivalent to vegetāt- (see vegetate) + -iōn- -ion

vegetational, adjective
vegetationless, adjective
nonvegetation, noun
prevegetation, noun
undervegetation, noun


3. inactivity, idleness, sloth, lethargy.
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vegetation (ˌvɛdʒɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  plant life as a whole, esp the plant life of a particular region
2.  the process of vegetating
3.  pathol any abnormal growth, excrescence, etc
4.  a vegetative existence
 
vege'tational
 
adj
 
vege'tatious
 
adj

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vegetation
1564, "act of vegetating," from M.Fr. végétation, from M.L. vegetationem (nom. vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727.
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vegetation veg·e·ta·tion (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  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   (věj'ĭ-tā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
They disrupt native vegetation and make it easier for invasive plants to take
  hold.
Forested plains have different types of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation.
On land, non-native plant species sometimes outcompete native vegetation and
  take over habitat.
Water in reservoirs, especially in water-storage dams, becomes silted with
  vegetation and matter washed off land upstream.
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