A man planting Pelargonium graveolens in South Africa (1)



  • An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree.
  • An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the Embryophyta (land plants) or of the Chlorophyta (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll a and b, or any organism closely related to such an organism.
  • Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.
  • Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.
  • A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
  • An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.
  • Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
  • A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
  • A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
  • Machinery, such as the kind used in earthmoving or construction.
  • A young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.
  • The sole of the foot.
  • A plan; a swindle; a trick.
  • An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.
  • A young oyster suitable for transplanting.


  • To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.
  • To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit.
  • To place or set something firmly or with conviction.
  • To place in the ground.
  • To furnish or supply with plants.
  • To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
  • To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish.
  • To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of.
  • To set up; to install; to instate.


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  • Archaeplastida


  • From Middle English plante, from Old English plante ("young tree or shrub, herb newly planted"), from Latin planta ("sprout, shoot, cutting"). Broader sense of "any vegetable life, vegetation generally" is from Old French plante. clan, borrowed through Celtic languages.
  • The verb is from Middle English planten, from Old English plantian, from Latin plantō, later influenced by Old French planter. Compare also Dutch planten ("to plant"), German pflanzen ("to plant"), Swedish plantera ("to plant"), Icelandic planta ("to plant").

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