One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to plants or plant matter, especially vegetables; characteristic or reminiscent of vegetables; containing vegetables.
1In the manner of a vegetable or vegetation; with vegetative properties.
2With respect to or by means of vegetables.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Evangelical Magazine. From vegetable + -y<br>early 17th century. From vegetable + -ly. Compare post-classical Latin vegetabiliter, French † vegetablement.
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