October 01, 2016
vegetable (noun)
\VEJ-tuh-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a leafy plant (as a cabbage, bean, or potato) usually without woody tissue grown for an edible part that is usually eaten as part of a meal; also : such an edible part
How do you use it?
The colorful stir-fry had a variety of vegetables in it, such as red bell peppers, baby corn, carrots, snow peas, and bok choy.
Are you a word wiz?

Let's dig up the root of "vegetable." We can trace "vegetable" back to the Latin verb "vegere." What do you think "vegere" means?

Did you bite at answer B? "Vegere," the Latin root of "vegetable," means "to enliven." From "vegere" grew the adjective "vegetus," meaning "lively," which in turn gave life to "vegetare," meaning "to animate" in Latin and "to grow" in Medieval Latin. From "vegetare," speakers of Medieval Latin made "vegetabilis," ("vegetative"), which became the Middle English word "vegetable." If you're having trouble spelling "vegetable," knowing the root (word root, that is!) will help -- there isn't an "a" in "vegere," so spell "vegetable" with an "e" after the "g," not an "a."
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