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The term vegetable generally means the edible parts of plants. Generally speaking, a herbaceous plant or plant part which is regularly eaten as unsweetened or salted food by humans is considered to be a vegetable.

Beauty and the Vegetable: In the lowly cabbage, the fragrant onion, the more aristocratic artichoke there is utility. They boast vitamins and nourishment, but are they beautiful? Offhand one would smile tolerantly and reply, "Well, hardly," proving the fallacy of the hasty answer.