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 for vegetation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vegetation \Veg`e*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. v['e]g['e]tation, L.
     vegetatio an enlivening. See Vegetable.]
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     1. The act or process of vegetating, or growing as a plant
        does; vegetable growth.
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     2. The sum of vegetable life; vegetables or plants in
        general; as, luxuriant vegetation.
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     3. (Med.) An exuberant morbid outgrowth upon any part,
        especially upon the valves of the heart.
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     Vegetation of salts (Old Chem.), a crystalline growth of an
        arborescent form.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vegetation
      n 1: all the plant life in a particular region or period;
           "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern
           California"; "the botany of China" [syn: vegetation,
           flora, botany] [ant: fauna, zoology]
      2: the process of growth in plants
      3: an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty
         excrescence on the valves of the heart)
      4: inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the
         inactivity of plant life; "their holiday was spent in sleep
         and vegetation"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "vegetation":
     a wise passiveness, abeyance, apathy, botany, budding, burgeoning,
     catalepsy, catatonia, contemplation, contemplative life,
     deadliness, deathliness, development, do-nothing policy,
     do-nothingism, do-nothingness, dormancy, entropy, excrescence,
     flora, flowerage, gemmation, germination, greenery, greens, growth,
     herbage, idleness, immobility, inaction, inactivity, indifference,
     indolence, inertia, inertness, just being, laissez-aller,
     laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, languor, latency, lotus-eating,
     luxuriation, maturation, meditation, mere existence, mere tropism,
     neutralism, neutrality, neutralness, noninvolvement,
     nonparticipation, nonresistance, nonviolence,
     nonviolent resistance, outgrowth, overgrowth, pacifism, paralysis,
     passive resistance, passive self-annihilation, passiveness,
     passivism, passivity, plant kingdom, plant life, plants, policy,
     procrastination, procreation, pullulation, quiescence, quietism,
     reproduction, sloth, sprouting, stagnancy, stagnation,
     standpattism, stasis, suspense, torpor, upgrowth,
     vegetable kingdom, vegetable life, vegetation spirit, verdure,
     vis inertiae, vita contemplativa, waiting game,
     watching and waiting
  
  

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