Sprout (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sprouted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sprouting.] [OE. sprouten, spruten; akin to OFries. sprta, AS. spreotan, D. spruiten, G. spriessen, Sw. spruta to squirt, to spout. Cf. Sprit, v. t. & i., Sprit a spar, Spout, v. t., Spurt.]

1.

To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants.

2.

To shoot into ramifications.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

 

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Sprout, v. t.

1.

To cause to sprout; as, the rain will sprout the seed.

2.

To deprive of sprouts; as, to sprout potatoes.

 

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Sprout, n. [Cf. AS. sprote a sprout, sprig; akin to Icel. sproti, G. sprosse. See Sprout, v. i.]

1.

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.

2. pl.

Young coleworts; Brussels sprouts.

Johnson.

Brussels sprouts Bot. See under Brussels.

 

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