"sprouts" in the noun sense
any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)
"sprouts" 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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