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[sap-lis] /ˈsæp lɪs/
without sap; withered; dry:
sapless plants.
lacking vitality or spirit; insipid.
Origin of sapless
First recorded in 1585-95; sap1 + -less
Related forms
saplessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With one the playing is dull, lifeless and sapless, with the other there is something that is indescribably wonderful.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • Was not my old age turned into a sapless tree, a poisoned spring?

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He picked a bennet from the grass and bit it, but it was sapless, dried by the summer heat.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
  • They may be the same plants, but they are alive, not pressed and sapless.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • Only the idle chatter of the sapless leaves answered to the yearning cry of his broken spirit.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • There is life always, even in the dry fir-cone that looks so brown and sapless.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • As a spark of fire consumeth summer's parched and sapless wood, Kuru's lordless, lifeless forces shall be angry Arjun's food!

    Maha-bharata Anonymous
  • It will all turn to stubble and sapless rigidity before his eyes.

    How to Observe Harriet Martineau
  • The acrid waters support no animal organization; birds shun them; the plain grows nothing but a few stunted and sapless shrubs.

  • But that happens when you are hoary and sapless, and when nothing under the sun delights you.'

    New Grub Street George Gissing

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