"sprouting" in the noun sense
1. germination, sprouting
the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
"sprouting" in the verb sense
1. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout
produce buds, branches, or germinate
"the potatoes sprouted"
2. sprout, stock
put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
"the plant sprouted early this year"
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