- a young tree.
- a young person.
Origin of sapling
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Examples from the Web for sapling
Obama planted a sapling in the garden of the presidential residence and even quoted a story from the Jewish Talmud.Obama and Netanyahu Make Peace During President’s First Israel Visit
March 20, 2013
Choosing among them, he presently found a sapling to his liking.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
As he sank back with it between his teeth, he kept his eye on the sapling.White Fang
The young man was by this time a sapling well fed from the old tree.The Manxman
Thorn seized a sapling and ran at the barrier as if with a spear.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The sapling bent and bowed, but his hand was now close to it.
- a young tree
- literary a youth
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Word Origin and History for sapling
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