Definition of vegetal in English:



  • 1formal Relating to plants.

    ‘a vegetal aroma’
    • ‘Analysis of pollens found in excavations suggest that the earliest vegetal species to be cultivated were pulses - wild peas, lentils, and chick peas.’
    • ‘In addition, there are unpleasant, though mild, vegetal aromas present.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the surface of Mars was hot enough and contained enough carbon dioxide to sustain basic vegetal life such as lichen.’
    • ‘Wearing masks made of wood, cloth, or vegetal fiber, performers dance in honor of the spirit forces of the particular body of water that runs through their community.’
    • ‘But there is a rich, firm finish, with a slight vegetal character, which makes for a sophisticated and complex wine.’
  • 2Embryology
    attributive Relating to that pole of the ovum or embryo that contains the less active cytoplasm, and frequently most of the yolk, in the early stages of development.

    ‘vegetal cells’
    ‘the vegetal region’
    • ‘When embryos are exposed to UV irradiation on the vegetal hemisphere they are completely ventralized and form no dorsal structures.’
    • ‘The vegetal yolk cell specifies the position of the shield.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin vegetalis, from Latin vegetare ‘animate’. vegetal (sense 2) dates from the early 20th century.