- a plant or tree grown from a seed.
- a tree not yet 3 feet (1 meter) high.
- any young plant, especially one grown in a nursery for transplanting.
Origin of seedling
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Examples from the Web for seedling
His hand had planted the seedling, and now—already the wilderness was beyond all control.The Golden Woman
It is a seedling of Concord out of the same lot of seedlings as Moore Early.
It is a seedling of Wyoming, which it resembles in fruit and vine and surpasses in both.
The fruit resembles that of Concord, of which it is probably a seedling.
But the branch may have sprung from the stock, which no doubt was a seedling.
- a very young plant produced from a seed
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Word Origin and History for seedling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
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