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sapling

[sap-ling] /ˈsæp lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young tree.
2.
a young person.
Origin of sapling
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at sap1, -ling1
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sapling

/ˈsæplɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young tree
2.
(literary) a youth
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Word Origin and History for sapling
n.

early 14c., from sap (n.1) + diminutive suffix -ling. This probably is the source of American English slang sap (n.3) "club, short staff" (1899) and the verb sap (v.2) "to hit (someone) with a sap" (1926).

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