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[sap-ling] /ˈsæp lɪŋ/
a young tree.
a young person.
Origin of sapling
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see sap1, -ling1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sapling
  • Wanda then picked up a small twig, perched herself on a sapling branch, and poked her stick in a downward direction.
  • Sometimes the families request that a sapling be planted in the other tree's place.
  • Control methods include cutting the tree or sapling down and treating the stump with an herbicide to prevent resprouting.
  • No more than sapling tied to sapling, oak though they may be, makes an oak.
  • sapling shrubs benefited from the open canopy treatments more than sapling trees.
  • Promote development beyond the sapling phase by reducing grazing and conifer re-establishment.
  • The crown is dense and there is little or no understory, which means there is no pool of seedling or sapling-sized individuals.
British Dictionary definitions for sapling


a young tree
(literary) a youth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sapling

early 14c., from sap (n.1) + diminutive suffix -ling. This probably is the source of American English slang sap (n.3) "club, short staff" (1899) and the verb sap (v.2) "to hit (someone) with a sap" (1926).

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