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

Other Words from seedling

seedling adjective

Examples of seedling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were first imported from that city to Florida in the 1830s, and a seedling from that import eventually became known as a Dancy tangerine. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2022 Thin to strongest seedling when second set of leaves appears. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 July 2022 Drying too much from uneven watering will interrupt germination and can kill a seedling, which is why newly-seeded lawns are watered so often, for example. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2022 Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a small seedling will stay small. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 As part of the program, all third-grade students in the city receive a potted seedling to take home to plant and care for. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 2 May 2022 The crew’s formula for speed is to hustle up the mountainside with trees, use a tool known as a HoeDad to make a hole, insert the seedling, and then promptly repeat. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2022 And each guest can take home a free tomato plant seedling, part of the chain’s partnership with FFA. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Apr. 2022 Mia received a seedling in May from her science teacher. Melinda Moore,, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seedling

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Seedling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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