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bud

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noun \ˈbəd\

Simple Definition of bud

  • : a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch

Full Definition of bud

  1. 1 :  a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot

  2. 2 :  something not yet mature or at full development: as a :  an incompletely opened flower b :  child, youth c (1) :  an outgrowth of an organism that differentiates into a new individual :  gemma (2) :  an outgrowth having the potential to differentiate and grow into a definitive organ or part :  primordium <an embryonic limb bud>

  3. 3 :  buddy

in the bud
  1. :  in an early stage of development <nipped the rebellion in the bud>

Examples of bud

  1. The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet.

  2. <that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality>



Origin of bud

Middle English budde


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with bud


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bud

verb

Simple Definition of bud

  • : to produce buds

Full Definition of bud

bud·dedbud·ding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 of a plant a :  to set or put forth buds b :  to commence growth from buds

  3. 2 :  to grow or develop from or as if from a bud

  4. 3 :  to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to produce or develop from buds

  7. 2 :  to cause (as a plant) to bud

  8. 3 :  to insert a bud from a plant of one kind into an opening in the bark of (a plant of another kind) usually in order to propagate a desired variety

bud·der noun

Examples of bud

  1. The trees budded early this spring.



14th Century

First Known Use of bud

14th century




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