seedling

[ seed-ling ]
/ ˈsid lɪŋ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. seedeater,
  2. seeded,
  3. seeder,
  4. seedless,
  5. seedless plant,
  6. seedman,
  7. seedpod,
  8. seedsman,
  9. seedstock,
  10. seedtime

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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Word Origin and History for seedling

seedling

n.

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

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Science 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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