sprig

[sprig]
noun
1.
a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc.
2.
an ornament having the form of such a spray.
3.
a shoot, twig, or small branch.
4.
Facetious. a scion, offspring, or heir of a family, class, etc.
5.
a youth or young fellow.
7.
a headless brad.
8.
Metallurgy.
a.
a small peg for reinforcing the walls of a mold.
b.
a metal insert, used to chill certain portions of cast metal, that becomes an integral part of the finished casting.
verb (used with object), sprigged, sprigging.
9.
to mark or decorate (fabrics, pottery, etc.) with a design of sprigs.
10.
to fasten with brads.
11.
Horticulture. to propagate a plant, especially grass, by planting individual stolons.
12.
Metallurgy. to reinforce the walls of (a mold) with sprigs.
13.
to remove a sprig or sprigs from (a plant).

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English sprigge (noun); origin uncertain; sense “peg” perhaps of distinct orig.; cf. sprag1, spray2

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sprig (sprɪɡ)
 
n
1.  a shoot, twig, or sprout of a tree, shrub, etc; spray
2.  an ornamental device resembling a spray of leaves or flowers
3.  a small wire nail without a head
4.  informal, rare a youth
5.  informal, rare a person considered as the descendant of an established family, social class, etc
6.  (NZ) another name for stud
 
vb , sprigs, sprigging, sprigged
7.  to fasten or secure with sprigs
8.  to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc) with a design of sprigs
9.  to make sprays from (twigs and branches)
 
[C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Low German sprick, Swedish sprygg]
 
'sprigger
 
n
 
'spriggy
 
adj

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sprig
c.1400, "shoot, twig or spray of a plant, shrub," probably from O.E. spræc "shoot, twig," of obscure origin.
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Example sentences
Garnish with a sprig of mint and top with the lemon peel and a dusting of sugar.
But a green sprig of mint, he found, could restore its goodness.
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a few whole juniper berries.
Serve in small portions garnished with a dill sprig.
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