plant·​let ˈplant-lət How to pronounce plantlet (audio)
: a small or young plant

Examples of plantlet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White flowers covered with magenta mottling P. micholitzii: Waxy, greenish flowers P. schilleriana: Pinkish, fragrant flowers Propagating Moth Orchids Moth orchids can produce plantlets called keikis on the flower stem. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 June 2023 To easily propagate this plant, simply pin a leaf bearing a plantlet to the soil to encourage rooting. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 Kalanchoe is another family member, notable for the small plantlets that grow along the edges of its leaves and periodically drop off to give rise to new plants. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2020 What makes mother of thousands a good, solid houseplant is its ability to reproduce vegetatively, by growing plantlets along the margins of its leaves. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plantlet was circa 1711

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“Plantlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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