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sprout  (sprout)
v. sprout·ed, sprout·ing, sprouts
v.intr.
1. To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
2. To emerge and develop rapidly.
v.tr.
To cause to come forth and grow.
n.
1. Young plant growth, such as a bud or shoot.
2. Something resembling or suggestive of a sprout, as in rapid growth: a tall blond sprout of a boy (Anne Tyler).
3. sprouts
a. The young shoots of plants such as alfalfa and soybean, usually eaten raw.
b. Brussels sprouts.

[Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprtan (in sprtan, to sprout forth); see sper- in Indo-European roots.]


sprout  /sprat/  v. [I;T] to start to grow: Trees sprout leaves in the spring.
n. 1 new growth on a plant, (syn.) a shoot 2 brussels sprouts: part of a type of cabbage sprout

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