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v. sprout·ed, sprout·ing, sprouts
1. To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
2. To emerge and develop rapidly: businesses that sprouted along the highway.
To allow or cause to come forth and grow: He sprouted a mustache.
1. Young plant growth, such as a bud or shoot.
2. Something resembling or suggestive of a sprout, as in rapid growth: "a tall blond sprout of a boy" (Anne Tyler).
3. sprouts
a. The young shoots of plants such as alfalfa and soybean, usually eaten raw.
b. Brussels sprouts.

[Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtanin āsprūtan, to sprout forth); see sper- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.sprouting - the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to growsprouting - the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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Then she caused a most dreadful and cruel year for mankind over the all-nourishing earth: the ground would not make the seed sprout, for rich-crowned Demeter kept it hid.
Microgreens are the culinary cousins of seed sprouts and baby greens, but differ from both.
Micro-greens are the culinary cousins of seed sprouts and baby greens, but differ from both.
coli O157:H7 to contaminated seed sprouts. Many outbreaks have been traced to seeds that have been contaminated with low levels of pathogens.
Several recent studies have focused on the development of buckwheat as a potential "functional food" material, particularly with respect to its seed sprouts (Kim et al., 2008).
(3) Rinse and drain twice per day until your seed sprouts grow a tail of 1 to 2 inches (1/4 to 1 inch for bean sprouts).
For the greatest nourishment among the cucurbits you have to turn to pumpkins; not the fruit itself but the seed sprouts which are particularly rich in protein and fats and, grown like beansprouts, are ready for eating in three days.
Seeds are used to produce seed sprouts. In the past, tremendous efforts have been devoted to developing more effective methods of sanitizing the seeds.
"We have clear indications that a company based in Northern Germany (which produces seed sprouts and bean sprouts) is apparently a source of infection, but we have to await confirmation from the laboratory tests," German Health Minister Daniel Bahr cautiously said on German public television ARD, on 5 June.
When a banyan seed is dropped into the top of another tree by a bird, the seed sprouts where it falls.