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Definition of vegetable noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 (informal veggie) a plant or part of a plant that is eaten as food. Potatoes, beans, and onions are all vegetables green vegetables (= for example spinach ) root vegetables (= for example carrots ) a salad of raw vegetables a vegetable garden/patch/plot vegetable matter (= plants in general) compare animal, fruit, mineral
  2. 2a person who is physically alive but not capable of much mental or physical activity, for example because of an accident or illness Severe brain damage turned him into a vegetable.
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