You hear, "Eat your fruits and vegetables." Everyone thinks they know what that means, but I am sure you don’t. What do potatoes, peas, broccoli, squash and avocados have in common? Answer: nothing, other than being derived from plants. What is a fruit? Most answer that fruits come from trees. Well, but avocados come from a tree, too. Is corn a vegetable? No, it is a grain.
Dictionaries stumble over the definitions and resort to lists of examples. The only definition of vegetable that makes sense is ‘the edible part of a plant’. What else would it be? My definition fits with the Latin root "vege" meaning ‘to grow’. So fruits are vegetables, and the saying "eat your fruits and vegetables" can be reduced to "eat your vegetables".
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