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verb bur·geon \ˈbər-jən\

: to grow or develop quickly

Full Definition of BURGEON

intransitive verb
a :  to send forth new growth (as buds or branches) :  sprout
b :  bloom
:  to grow and expand rapidly :  flourish

Variants of BURGEON

bur·geon also bour·geon \ˈbər-jən\

Examples of BURGEON

  1. The market for collectibles has burgeoned in recent years.
  2. <the trout population in the stream is burgeoning now that the water is clean>

Origin of BURGEON

Middle English burjonen, from Anglo-French burjuner, from burjun bud, from Vulgar Latin *burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with BURGEON


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