Definition of sapling
1 : a young tree; specifically : one not over four inches (about 10 centimeters) in diameter at breast height
2 : youth 2a
Recent Examples of sapling from the Web
In 1692, all a sapling had to fear was weather, disease or passing horses.
Within a few months the saplings had reached an impressive height and produced a cornucopia of yellow fruit.
As a parting gift, Boukaram says, each visitor was given a cedar tree sapling.
Over time, this land had succumbed to sucker weeds and briars and red-brush saplings, all of which, it was determined, badly needed clearing.
A few feet up the ridge, the foresters exited the vehicle and crunched through the woods, searching for small oak saplings.
When water becomes less available, for example, new saplings grow in areas that get more rain – and shifting rain patterns from climate change means that the West is becoming wetter while the East is becoming drier.
In a ring surrounding the base of cedar stump in Carmanah, saplings have begun to sprout.
Those that died were replaced with eucalyptus saplings, some of different varieties to promote diversity, and provided with irrigation that will continue until the trees are established.
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First Known Use of sapling
SAPLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sapling for English Language Learners
: a young tree
SAPLING Defined for Kids
Definition of sapling for Students
: a young tree
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