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[seed-ling] /ˈsid lɪŋ/
a plant or tree grown from a seed.
a tree not yet 3 feet (1 meter) high.
any young plant, especially one grown in a nursery for transplanting.
Origin of seedling
1650-60; seed + -ling1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for seedling
  • They are there to protect the seed-and the germinating seedling-from desiccation and physical harm.
  • While peat pots and plastic seedling systems are plentiful at nurseries, common household items also make suitable seedling pots.
  • With every seedling the villagers plant, they join the global struggle.
  • It generally kills seedling plants and loves greenhouse environments for their warm temps and humidity.
  • At planting time, every vegetable and flower seedling gets a sprinkling of controlled-release fertilizer.
  • The seedling trees became giants, and with strong outreaching branches spread a leafy canopy over the gray land.
  • Plants endow seeds with a concentrated supply of carbohydrate, protein, and lipid to give the seedling a good start in life.
  • The seedling can bide its time for decades in low-light conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for seedling


a very young plant produced from a seed
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Word Origin and History for seedling

"young plant developed from seed," 1650s, from seed (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling.

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seedling in Science
A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
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