1. <plant biology> To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants. The shoot of a plant; a shoot from the seed, from the stump, or from the root or tuber, of a plant or tree; more rarely, a shoot from the stem of a plant, or the end of a branch.

Origin: OE. Sprouten, spruten; akin to OFries. Sprta, AS. Spreotan, D. Spruiten, G. Spriessen, Sw. Spruta to squirt, to spout. Cf. Sprit, Sprit a spar, Spout, Spurt.

(04 Mar 1998)

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