sap·​ling | \ ˈsa-pliŋ How to pronounce sapling (audio) , -plən \

Definition of sapling

1 : a young tree specifically : one not over four inches (about 10 centimeters) in diameter at breast height

Examples of sapling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents will receive a free sapling tree to plant. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 That afternoon, the Black man's body was found hanging from a sapling -- his hands bound together at Riverside Park in Indianapolis, according to the Indiana Remembrance Coalition. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 Our 2-year-old lemon sapling has its leaves turning white and the tip is dying. oregonlive, 13 Feb. 2022 Beyond it lies a sunny footpath, a yard planted with a sapling, a homogeneous subdivision. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 The cloned sapling was planted near the lagoon in April 2021, and will serve as the future plaza’s centerpiece. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2022 Hipp crouched down by a tiny sapling, a constellation of molecules yawning a few inches out from the soil bed. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Campbell, a sugar maple planted in Cody’s honor is no longer a sapling. Thomas Curwen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 The children used their water rations to nurture the sapling. Julia Gergely,, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sapling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sapling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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sap·​ling | \ ˈsa-pliŋ How to pronounce sapling (audio) \

Kids Definition of sapling

: a young tree

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