(Latin: animating, enlivening; vigorous, vigor, active; to be alive, activity, to quicken; then a quickening action of growing; a specific sense of "plant cultivated for food, edible herb, or root" is first recorded in 1767; the differences between the meanings from its original links with "life, liveliness" was completed in the early twentieth century, when vegetable came to be used for an "inactive person".)
2. Aquatic plants, as cattails and sedges, that protrude or extend above the surface of a pond.
2. Someone who eats vegetables, grains, fruit, nuts, and milk products; but not animal flesh.
2. A member of the plant kingdom or vegetable kingdom.
3. A term which is used to describe someone in whom the usual mental and physical functions are severely reduced or absent, often as a result of injury to the brain; in a vegetative state.
4. Someone who is regarded as lacking in vitality, alertness, or drive.
5. Etymology: "living and growing as a plant", from Old French "living, fit to live", from Medieval Latin vegetabilis, "growing, flourishing", from Late Latin vegertabilis, "animating, enlivening", from Latin vegertare, "to enliven", from vegetus, "vigorous, active", form vegere, "to be alive, to be active, to quicken".
In 1582, it was recorded for the first time that the adjective use of vegetable became familiar to English, "having to do with plants".
In a work of the same date appears the first instance of vegetable as a noun, meaning "a plant".
It was not until the 18th century that the noun and adjective were used more restrictively to refer specifically to certain kinds of plants that are eaten.