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You sometimes see the term "veg*n" on sites such as this one. What exactly does this term mean? Why is it used?

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    I had guessed the answer when I first saw it thanks to my programmer background, but this is a very good question as today was the first time I have seen this term used. – Pharap Mar 24 '17 at 0:14
  • We're trying to avoid use of veg*n on this site now. – Nic May 10 '18 at 23:09
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Veg*n (or Veg*an) refers to both vegans and vegetarians. The use of the asterisk derives from its use in computer languages as a wildcard which can capture any sequence of characters.

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