seed·​ling | \ ˈsēd-liŋ How to pronounce seedling (audio) \

Definition of seedling

1 : a young plant grown from seed
2a : a young tree before it becomes a sapling
b : a nursery plant not yet transplanted

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seedling 2a: 1 primary root, 2 rootlet, 3 root hairs, 4 hypocotyl, 5 cotyledon, 6 young stem, 7 true leaf

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In his scorching greenhouse, Lawrence pointed at seedlings just barely poking out of the dirt. Ally Marotti,, "'This is farming like we’ve never done before.' Illinois hemp farmers face risks with first planting of newly legal crop.," 14 June 2019 Under the production proposal, immature seedlings would not count toward the plant-count limit, allowing cultivators to experiment with plant strains. Morgan Lee,, "New Mexico proposes new cap on medical pot production," 12 June 2019 Neat rows of oil palm seedlings stretched toward the horizon. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "One Casualty of the Palm Oil Industry: An Orangutan Mother, Shot 74 Times," 29 June 2019 In the backroom, there are plastic bags with seedlings growing inside hanging on the sliding glass doors. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Both were from the same group of seedlings as the current corpse flower plant. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The World's Stinkiest Flower is Ready to Bloom in the Bronx," 21 June 2019 Instead, dig a hole three times the size of your potted seedling and then add in a little soil conditioner, if needed. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "Choosing the Right Tree for a Small Yard Just Got a Whole Lot Easier," 6 June 2019 Don’t forget to harden off your seedlings before planting them in the garden. Kyle Johnson, Sunset, "10 Flower Farmer Secrets to Get Your Garden Blooming," 22 Jan. 2018 The boys would improve young timber stands by thinning, help carve new access roads and trails into the forest areas, plant seedlings on bare lands, stabilize eroding stream banks by hand-planting. Hubert H. (hubert Horatio) Humphrey, Harper's magazine, "Into the Woods," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of seedling

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seedling

: a young plant that is grown from seed


seed·​ling | \ ˈsēd-liŋ How to pronounce seedling (audio) \

Kids Definition of seedling

1 : a young plant grown from seed
2 : a young tree before it becomes a sapling

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