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vegetation (n.)

1560s, "act of vegetating," from French végétation and directly from Medieval Latin vegetationem (nominative vegetatio) "a quickening, action of growing," from vegetare "grow, quicken" (see vegetable). Meaning "plant life" first recorded 1727.

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Definitions of vegetation from WordNet

vegetation (n.)
all the plant life in a particular region or period;
Pleistocene vegetation
Synonyms: flora / botany
vegetation (n.)
the process of growth in plants;
vegetation (n.)
an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart);
vegetation (n.)
inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life;
their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation
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