The term “vegetarian” was coined in 1847 by a society of non-meat eaters in Kent, England.  Before that time vegetarians were known as “Pythagoreans”.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism

 

 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarian_Society

 

http://www.ivu.org/faq/definitions.html