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1 any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
2 a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)


1 produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted" [syn: shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth]
2 put forth and grow sprouts or shoots; "the plant sprouted early this year" [syn: stock]

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  1. a little plant
  2. a child
  3. a Brussels sprout


a little plant
Brussels sprout
See Brussels sprout#Translations for translations.


  1. (gardening) To grow, where the initial state is a seed; to germinate.
  2. To cause to grow from a seed.
    I sprouted beans and radishes and put them in my salad.''

Related terms


to grow, to germinate
to cause to grow from a seed

Extensive Definition

Sprout may refer to:

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