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.

1650–60; seed + -ling1 Unabridged
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seedling (ˈsiːdlɪŋ)
a very young plant produced from a seed

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Word Origin & History

"young plant developed from seed," 1660, from seed (n.) with dim. suffix.
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Science Dictionary
seedling   (sēd'lĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather than from a cutting. See Note at germination.
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Example sentences for seedlings
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.
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