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Vegetable is a nutritional and culinary term denoting any part of a plant that is commonly consumed by humans as food, but is not regarded as a culinary fruit, nut, herb, spice, or grain. In common usage, vegetables include the leaves (e.g. lettuce), stems (asparagus), roots (carrot) and flowers (broccoli) of various plants. But the term can also encompass non-sweet fruits such as seed-pods (beans), cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, tomatoes, avocadoes, green peppers, etc., as well as fleshy, immature seeds such as those of maize, peas or beans.

Commercial production of vegetables is a branch of horticulture called olericulture.

Traditionally the term Vegetable can also be used to designate the entire Plant Kingdom, as in "Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral."

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The term vegetable is also used in a derogatory way to refer to a patient with severe brain damage, or who is in a persistent vegetative state.

  • truck farm is a farm that raises vegetables, but little or no grain. Truck is an archaic word for vegetables.

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MyPyramid.gov - Inside The Pyramid - What foods are in the vegetable group? (80 words)
Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the vegetable group.
Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.
Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups, based on their nutrient content.
Vegetable Oil Mist (2464 words)
Vegetable oil mist is the finely divided particulate (mist) of a vegetable oil.
Vegetable oil mists seem to have little adverse effect on the lungs and do not produce significant organic disease or toxic effects when exposures are kept under reasonable control [ACGIH 1991].
Vegetable oil mist is not subject to EPA emergency planning requirements under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) (Title III) in 42 USC 11022.
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