WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sprout /spraʊt/USA pronunciation v. [no object]
  1. Botanyto begin to grow;
    shoot forth.
  2. Botany(of a seed or plant) to put forth buds.

n. [countable]
  • Botanya shoot of a plant.
  • Botanya new growth from a seed, rootstock, or the like.
  • something suggesting a sprout, as a young person.
  • sprouts, [plural]
    • the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten, often raw, as a vegetable.
    • Brussels sprout.brusselssprout


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    sprout /spraʊt/ vb
    1. (of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
    2. (intransitive) often followed by up: to begin to grow or develop: new office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
    n
    1. a newly grown shoot or bud
    2. something that grows like a sprout
    3. See Brussels sprout
    Etymology: Old English sprūtan; related to Middle High German sprūzen to sprout, Lettish sprausties to jostle



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