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verb (used with object)
to remove leaf buds or shoots from (a plant) to produce a certain shape or effect.
to remove certain flower buds from (a plant) to improve the quality and size of the remaining flowers.
to dehorn (livestock) by removing the horn bud or preventing its further development.
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If enormous blooms are wanted,
, leaving but one bud to each tip.
The Mayflower, January, 1905
British Dictionary definitions for
to remove superfluous buds, flowers, or shoots from (a plant, esp a fruit tree)
) to remove the horn buds of (calves, lambs, and kids) to prevent horns growing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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