dis·​bud (ˌ)dis-ˈbəd How to pronounce disbud (audio)
disbudded; disbudding; disbuds

transitive verb

: to thin out flower buds in order to improve the quality of bloom of
: to dehorn (cattle) by destroying the undeveloped horn bud

Examples of disbud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web August is a busy time in the garden with tying, disbudding, deadheading, collecting seed and other dahlia chores, but Portland experts believe the best blooms occur from about mid August to mid September. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, 14 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disbud was in 1727

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“Disbud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbud. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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