sprout


1sprout

verb \ˈsprat\

: to produce new leaves, buds, etc.

: to grow or develop (something)

: to appear suddenly and in large numbers

Full Definition of SPROUT

intransitive verb
1
:  to grow, spring up, or come forth as or as if a sprout
2
:  to send out new growth
transitive verb
:  to send forth or up :  cause to develop :  grow

Examples of SPROUT

  1. seeds sprouting in the spring
  2. Potatoes will sprout in the bag if kept in a warm place.
  3. The garden is sprouting weeds.
  4. The tree is already sprouting leaves.
  5. He sprouted a beard since the last time I saw him.
  6. She dreamed that her boss had sprouted horns.
  7. Hair sprouted on his face.

Origin of SPROUT

Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtan; akin to Old High German spriozan to sprout, Lithuanian sprausti to squeeze, thrust
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

2sprout

noun

Definition of SPROUT

1
a :  shoot 1a; especially :  a young shoot (as from a seed or root)
b plural
(1) chiefly British :  brussels sprout 2 (2) :  edible sprouts especially from recently germinated seeds (as of alfalfa or mung beans)
2
:  something resembling a sprout: as
a :  a young person
b :  scion 2

Examples of SPROUT

  1. <he earned the admiration of the neighborhood sprouts when he showed them how to make a slingshot>
  2. <the raspberry bushes began sending out sprouts in early spring>

First Known Use of SPROUT

13th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

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