Definition of


  1. (noun, act) inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life
  2. (noun, body) an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)
  3. (noun, group) all the plant life in a particular region or period
    the flora of southern California
    the botany of China
  4. (noun, process) the process of growth in plants

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Synonyms of Vegetation

botany, flora

Origin of the word Vegetation

  1. 1564, "act of vegetating," from M.Fr. v?g?tation, from M.L. vegetationem (nom. vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727. more

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Words that sound like Vegetation

vacation, vacation home, vasectomy, vasosection, vasotomy, vesication, vexation, victim, visitation, vivification, vivisection, vocation

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