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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Illustration of seedling

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

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Other Words from seedling

seedling adjective

Examples of seedling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This conversation was a seedling of what’s happening now — an MLB draft of 20 rounds feeding to fewer minor league teams. Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Planting a seedling is an act of hope, and patience., 22 May 2021 The fungus was linking the old tree and the young seedling. Suzanne Simard, Wired, 7 May 2021 Hori hori knives are super useful for digging out stubborn plants, planting bulbs, sawing through roots with its serrated edge or moving just enough soil to plant a seedling. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Hopkins would install plant pillows in the Veggie growth chambers, strap them in with a bungee cord, add water and separate the wick after three days to help the seedling emerge. Julia Musto, Fox News, 1 May 2021 Plant summer edibles now: tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, basil, squash, melons and more from seed or seedling. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2021 Most tree-planting efforts focus on digging a hole and putting a seedling in the ground, but the work doesn’t stop there. Karen D. Holl, The Conversation, 27 Apr. 2021 Those who register will receive a free Mood Stadium Cup, free redbud tree seedling and neighborhood walking routes. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of seedling

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of seedling was in 1629

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7 Jun 2021

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“Seedling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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