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vegetable

noun uk   /ˈvedʒ.tə.bl̩/ us  

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 Britain. In the winter we tend to eat more root vegetables, such as carrots and parsnips. Raw vegetables contain more potassium than cooked ones. 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 slowly turned her into a vegetable.Laziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action [C] offensive a person who is unable to think or move correctly because of severe brain damageHandicap and the disabled

vegetable

adjective uk   /ˈvedʒ.tə.bl̩/ us  
made or obtained from a plant, or growing in the form of a plant: vegetable matter/dye First think of an object and tell us if it is animal, vegetable or mineral.Types of plant
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