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

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Over the next few years, the saplings were planted across the United States, many of them during 1976 as part of the U.S. bicentennial celebrations. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Trees that traveled to space now live on Earth. Here's where to find them.," 8 July 2019 The National Park Service, which now operates Sagamore Hill, has saved saplings from the tree and will plant one of them in the same spot. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Copper Beech Tree Planted by Theodore Roosevelt Is Being Cut Down," 1 July 2019 Replacement saplings lasted a day before being stolen. Hillary Davis,, "Fire destroys lifeguard tower at the Wedge in Newport Beach," 20 June 2019 The sapling didn’t survive its required quarantine, and never made it back to the White House lawn. Annalisa Merelli, Quartzy, "The oak sapling the French president gave to Trump is dead, like their friendship," 11 June 2019 Even the tree itself was symbolic — the sapling was harvested from Belleau Wood, the French site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War I for American forces. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Tree planted by Trump and Macron to symbolize French-American friendship has died," 10 June 2019 The saplings sat untouched in his yard, still wrapped in plastic. Paula Moura, ProPublica, "Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing," 22 May 2019 American Indians bent the tree as a sapling as a marker for the trail leading from Detroit to Pontiac. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford, Jerome Bettis and the history of Detroit Golf Club," 25 June 2019 Cut bigger saplings, dead trees, or thick logs into smaller pieces with a light chainsaw, such as the Makita X2. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sapling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sapling

: a young tree


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

Kids Definition of sapling

: a young tree

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