Use the word vegetation to refer to all plants and trees collectively, typically those in a specific region. The vegetation in your backyard might look very lush and green in the springtime, unless you forget to water it.

Vegetation, as well as meaning all plant growth, can refer to the growth process of a plant. The lettuce you planted a couple weeks ago is at an early stage of vegetation. Vegetation can also apply to people — or at least to those in a state of inactivity. Think about how slowly plants grow. It’s the same for a person who’s in a state of vegetation. You may sometimes enjoy the mindless vegetation of doing nothing at all.

Definitions of vegetation

n the process of growth in plants

Type of:
development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny
(biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

n all the plant life in a particular region or period

“Pleistocene vegetation
botany, flora
fauna, zoology
all the animal life in a particular region or period
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vegetation (such as young shoots, twigs, and leaves) that is suitable for animals to eat
brush, brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket
a dense growth of bushes
vegetation that has grown
bush, chaparral, scrub
dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
forest, wood, woods
the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
a collection of shrubs growing together
the flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that are cultivated in a garden
brier, brier patch, brierpatch
tangled mass of prickly plants
ground cover, groundcover
low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to grow
an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
a copse that shelters game
a small wooded area
a small growth of trees without underbrush
an impenetrable equatorial forest
rain forest, rainforest
a forest with heavy annual rainfall
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood
the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
Hernaria glabra, rupturewort
common prostrate Old World herb often used as a ground cover; formerly reputed to cure ruptures
any of various low-growing tufted plants of the genus Paronychia having tiny greenish flowers and usually whorled leaves; widespread throughout warm regions of both Old and New Worlds; formerly thought to cure whitlows (suppurative infections around a fingernail)
pearl-weed, pearlweed, pearlwort
any of various low-growing plants of the genus Sagina having small spherical flowers resembling pearls
Helxine soleirolia, Soleirolia soleirolii, baby tears, baby's tears
prostrate or creeping Corsican herb with moss-like small round short-stemmed leaves
old growth, virgin forest
forest or woodland having a mature or overly mature ecosystem more or less uninfluenced by human activity
second growth
a second growth of trees covering an area where the original stand was destroyed by fire or cutting
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accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life

“their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation
Type of:
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
quiet and inactive restfulness

n an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)

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(pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body

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