re·​sprout (ˌ)rē-ˈsprau̇t How to pronounce resprout (audio)
resprouted; resprouting

intransitive verb

: to grow as a sprout or shoot again
Like most of the mustard leaves, it has a mild bite. The head is compact; once cut, it will resprout up to five times.Marie Bianco
also : to develop sprouts or shoots again
… most established woody plants (especially deciduous ones) simply resprout from the roots, often with more stems than you cut down! Ann Swengel

Examples of resprout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Root fragments as small as a couple of inches can resprout and produce new infestations, the DNR states. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 8 Aug. 2023 Plants will resprout new stems and leaves. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Yews will resprout from dormant buds on branches without any live foliage, whereas arborvitae generally will not. Tim Johnson,, 13 Mar. 2021 The good news about Nandina (Nandina domestica) is that plants tend to resprout from the base quite well. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Jan. 2023 The plant will resprout from any roots left in the ground, which is happening in your garden. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 Even if the lawn appears dead, the stolons are the plant parts most likely to resprout. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Mistletoe removed from a tree will resprout from the remnant of the haustoria a few years later. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 Ivy is so hard to manage because even the smallest amount of root or stem left can resprout. oregonlive, 12 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resprout was in 1816

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“Resprout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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