Word of the DaySunday, April 06, 2014
\PLANT-lit, PLAHNT-\ , noun;
a little plant, as one produced on the leaf margins of a kalanchoe or the aerial stems of a spider plant.
She worked with one of her favorites, an enormous African violet that had come from a plantlet her grandmother had given her more than thirty years before.
-- Nora Roberts, Black Rose: In the Garden Trilogy, 2005
He moved the plantlet closer to the light. He had abolished the drapes and pushed the furniture to one side to make room for a long table in front of the windows.
-- Beverly Byrne, Come Sunrise, 1987
Plantlet entered English in the early 1800s. It is a combination of the common word plant and the diminutive suffix -let which is attached to nouns, such as booklet and piglet.
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