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seedling

[seed-ling] /ˈsid lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a plant or tree grown from a seed.
2.
a tree not yet 3 feet (1 meter) high.
3.
any young plant, especially one grown in a nursery for transplanting.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; seed + -ling1
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  • The hybrid is fertile, and seedlings are occasionally found near mature trees.
  • In contrast the leaves of seedlings are frequently opposite, sessile and glaucous.
  • Large animals, however, trample the seedlings, killing the trees.
British Dictionary definitions for seedlings

seedling

/ˈsiːdlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a very young plant produced from a seed
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Word Origin and History for seedlings

seedling

n.

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

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seedlings in Science
seedling
  (sēd'lĭng)   
A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
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