[L.] A plant grown for food, as the cabbage, potato, turnip, etc. The vegetable kingdom is the primary division of living things, which includes all plants, and is divided into Phanerogamia, or plants having distinct flowers and seeds - sub-divided into exogens (q.v.), end-ogens (q.v.), and gymnosperms; and Crypto-gamia, or plants without true flowers, and reproduced by minute spores, - subdivided into ferns, mosses, and liverworts, and the algae, fungi, and lichens.