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1formal Relating to plants:‘a vegetal aroma’
- ‘Meanwhile, the surface of Mars was hot enough and contained enough carbon dioxide to sustain basic vegetal life such as lichen.’
- ‘In addition, there are unpleasant, though mild, vegetal aromas present.’
- ‘Analysis of pollens found in excavations suggest that the earliest vegetal species to be cultivated were pulses - wild peas, lentils, and chick peas.’
- ‘But there is a rich, firm finish, with a slight vegetal character, which makes for a sophisticated and complex wine.’
- ‘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.’
[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 dates from the early 20th century.
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