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[seed-ling] /ˈsid lɪŋ/
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
First recorded in 1650-60; seed + -ling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Besides the characters of the variety, the work of the originator would indicate that it is a Concord seedling.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The fruit resembles that of Concord, of which it is probably a seedling.

  • A seedling of Major Espren; probably first reported in 1845.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • It is a seedling of Wyoming, which it resembles in fruit and vine and surpasses in both.

  • A seedling of Delago crossed with Brilliant; from Munson, about 1896.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The life of the thing is as uncertain as that of a seedling or of a human child.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • On the square itself, two pots representing Siva and Uma, are placed, with a row of seedling pots near them.

  • A seedling from Bourbourg, Nord, France, first fruiting about 1850.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The variety is supposed to be a seedling of Noblesse which it resembles in many respects.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • A seedling of Heath Cling; superior to its parent in Maryland.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for seedling


a very young plant produced from a seed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seedling

"young plant developed from seed," 1650s, from seed (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seedling in Science
A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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