|1.||[ noun ] (chemistry,food) edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant|
|Related terms:||produce pieplant greens cruciferous_vegetable squash potherb leek celery mushroom cucumber artichoke solanaceous_vegetable legume bamboo_shoot onion cardoon root_vegetable gumbo raw_vegetable pumpkin truffle plantain fennel artichoke_heart asparagus herb|
|2.||[ adjective ] of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants|
"decaying vegetable matter"
|Related terms:||animal mineral stalklike rootlike seedlike vegetal|
|3.||[ noun ] (botany) any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower|
|Related terms:||herb spinach cardoon artichoke beet|