leaf bud


: a bud that develops into a leafy shoot and does not produce flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cut just above a node where a leaf bud has been or above a branch. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2022 Examples might be: the dandelions beginning to flower, the lilac leafing out, the first Japanese beetle on your rose bush, or the oak tree beginning to redden with new leaf buds about to break open in spring. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2020 This gives them plenty of time to shut down the systems that cause active growing and hunker down for the winter with their leaf buds fully insulated by a thick outer shell. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 16 Nov. 2019 Remove bottom foliage from the cutting, leaving two leaves or leaf buds at the top. oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2019 Predators may then mistake them for something inedible, such as a leaf bud. Magnus Wennman, National Geographic, 17 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leaf bud was in 1658

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“Leaf bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20bud. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

leaf bud

: a bud that develops into a leafy shoot and does not produce flowers
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