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"vegetable" in British English

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vegetablenoun

uk   us   /ˈvedʒ.tə.bl̩/
  • vegetable noun (FOOD)

A1 [C] (US informal veggie) a ​plant, ​root, ​seed, or pod that is used as ​food, ​especially in ​dishes that are not ​sweet: fresh/​frozen vegetables vegetable ​soup/​stew/​curry fruit and vegetables The ​potato is the most ​popular vegetable in this ​country. In the ​winter we ​tend to ​eat more root vegetables, such as ​carrots and ​parsnips. Raw vegetables ​contain more ​potassium than cookedones. a vegetable ​knife
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  • vegetable noun (PERSON)

[C] informal a ​person who does not do anything or has no ​interest in doing anything: Sitting at ​home all ​day in ​front of the TV ​slowlyturned her into a vegetable. [C] offensive a ​person who is ​unable to ​think or ​movecorrectly because of ​severebraindamage

vegetableadjective

uk   us   /ˈvedʒ.tə.bl̩/
(Definition of vegetable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vegetable" in American English

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vegetablenoun [C]

 us   /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 ​completelyunable to move and to ​react, usually because of ​braindamage.
(Definition of vegetable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “vegetable”
in Korean 채소…
in Arabic خُضار…
in Malaysian sayur-sayuran, tumbuhan…
in French (à, de, aux) légume(s)…
in Russian овощ…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 蔬菜…
in Italian verdura…
in Turkish sebze…
in Polish warzywo…
in Spanish verdura, hortaliza, vegetal…
in Vietnamese rau, thực vật…
in Portuguese verdura, legume…
in Thai พืชผัก, ผัก…
in German das Gemüse, Gemüse…, die Pflanze…
in Catalan verdura, hortalissa…
in Japanese 野菜…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 蔬菜…
in Indonesian sayuran, tumbuhan…
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