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VEGETABLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 967 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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VEGETABLE (Late Lat. vegetabilis, full of life, :animating, from vegetate, frequentative of vegere to quicken, arouse, vegetus, as a general term for plants (q.v.), and specifically, in popular. language, of such plants as can be eaten by man or animals, whether cooked or raw, and whether the whole of such plants are edible, or only the leaves or the roots or tubers. Among such edible or culinary plants or portions of plants, a further distinction is made popularly between "fruits " and " vegetables," for which see FRUIT. For the botany and cultivation of vegetables see under the specific names, e.g. POTATO, TURNIP, &c. &c., and generally, ORrICULTURE,
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