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English definition of “vegetable”


noun [C]    /ˈvedʒ·tə·bəl, ˈvedʒ·ɪ·t̬ə-/
a plant that is used as food, or the part of a plant, such as a root, stem, or flower, that is used as food: For vegetables, we eat a lot of broccoli, spinach, and corn. A person may be called a vegetable if the person is completely unable to move and to react, usually because of brain damage.
(Definition of vegetable noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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