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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of plants.
2. Relating to growth rather than to sexual reproduction; vegetative.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin vegetālis, from Latin vegetāre, to enliven; see vegetable.]

veg′e·tal·ly adv.
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1. (Botany) of, relating to, or characteristic of vegetables or plant life
2. (Biology) of or relating to processes in plants and animals that do not involve sexual reproduction; vegetative
[C15: from Late Latin vegetāre to quicken; see vegetable]
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(ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tl)

1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of plants or vegetables.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin veget(āre) to quicken (see vegetate) + -al -al1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vegetal - composed of vegetation or plantsvegetal - composed of vegetation or plants; "regions rich in vegetal products"; "vegetational cover"; "the decaying vegetative layer covering a forest floor"
2.vegetal - (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes
asexual, nonsexual - not having or involving sex; "an asexual spore"; "asexual reproduction"
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