WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
sprout /spraʊt/USA pronunciation v. [no object] Botanyto begin to grow;
shoot forth.
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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