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Vegetative \Veg"e*ta*tive\, a. [Cf. F. v['e]g['e]tatif.]

  1. Growing, or having the power of growing, as plants; capable of vegetating.

  2. Having the power to produce growth in plants; as, the vegetative properties of soil.

  3. (Biol.) Having relation to growth or nutrition; partaking of simple growth and enlargement of the systems of nutrition, apart from the sensorial or distinctively animal functions; vegetal. [1913 Webster] -- Veg"e*ta*tive*ly, adv. -- Veg"e*ta*tive*ness, n.


adv. In a vegetative manner; without sexual reproduction.

Usage examples of "vegetatively".

The white bells of arctic heather like dwarfed lilies of the valley, the inch-high tangle of rhizomes, everything spreading vegetatively in a season too short for most plants to set seeds—.

As a result, most crops belong to the small percentage of wild plants that either arc hermaphrodites usually pollinating themselves or else reproduce without sex by propagating vegetatively (for example, by a root that genetically duplicates the parent plant).