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  1. a plant or tree grown from a seed.
  2. a tree not yet 3 feet (1 meter) high.
  3. 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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Related Words for seedling

flower, shrub, tree, vine, grass, seedling, weed, herb, sapling, wood, forest, timber, shoot, perennial, slip, annual, bush, cutting, sprout, greenery

Examples from the Web for seedling

Historical Examples of seedling

  • His hand had planted the seedling, and now—already the wilderness was beyond all control.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for seedling


  1. a very young plant produced from a seed
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Word Origin and History for seedling


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

seedling in Science


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