water sprout


Definition of 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 Then look for water sprouts (the weak limbs that grow straight up) and thin those out. oregonlive, "Now’s the time for pruning and spraying apple trees: Here are some tips," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of water sprout

1688, in the meaning defined above

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“Water sprout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20sprout. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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