water sprout


: a vigorous upright shoot from an adventitious or latent bud on the trunk or main branch of a tree

Examples of water sprout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lemons require the most pruning, primarily of vertical growing water sprouts that show great vigor but no fruit production. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 27 Jan. 2024 Every time the water sprouts are pruned off, the tree is able to heal the wounds and resprout from dormant buds in the surrounding tissue the next year. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023 According to state officials, the animals were likely caught in a water sprout. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 4 Jan. 2022 Then look for water sprouts (the weak limbs that grow straight up) and thin those out. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water sprout was in 1688

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“Water sprout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20sprout. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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