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seedling

[ seed-ling ]
/ ˈsid lɪŋ /
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noun
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.
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Origin of seedling

First recorded in 1650–60; seed + -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for seedling

seedling
/ (ˈsiːdlɪŋ) /

noun
a very young plant produced from a seed
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Scientific definitions for seedling

seedling
[ sēdlĭng ]

A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
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