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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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  • 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
  • A sapless tree is not a living one, but dead; a prayerless Christian cannot be.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • Everything was no more than dried flowers, sapless, brittle and colourless.

    Up and Down Edward Frederic Benson
  • There is life always, even in the dry fir-cone that looks so brown and sapless.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Repression when successful induced a nerveless, sapless type.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • It will all turn to stubble and sapless rigidity before his eyes.

    How to Observe Harriet Martineau
  • But that happens when you are hoary and sapless, and when nothing under the sun delights you.'

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • He came to meet them on his crutches, a smile on his yellow, sapless face.

    The Sheriff's Son

    William MacLeod Raine

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