Definition of "seedling" [seed•ling]

  • A young plant that is grown from a seed. (noun)

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Use "seedling" in a sentence
  • "While the box itself served to illustrate the characteristics of the timber, the interior was reserved for an exposition of the whole natural history of the plant … a complete seedling is included to one side, with its roots, seminal capsule and first pair of leaves."
  • "So it turns out that all seeds have storage foods in them to nourish the seedling until the seedling is big enough that it can nourish itself by photosynthesis, and so different seeds use different foods to feed the seedlings."
  • "Two years ago we planted oba/shiso and got a huge crop; with 10 leaves costing 80 to 100 yen per pack, and us going through up to 50 per week, 200 yen for a seedling from the garden centre is a wonderful bargain."