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sprig

 (sprĭg)
n.
1.
a. A small shoot or twig of a plant.
b. An ornament in this shape.
2. A small brad without a head.
3. Archaic A young, immature person.
tr.v. sprigged, sprig·ging, sprigs
1. To decorate with a design of sprigs.
2. To remove a sprig or sprigs from (a bush or tree).
3. To fasten with a small headless brad.

[Middle English sprigge, alteration of spring, from Old English, source of water.]

sprig′ger n.
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Adj.1.sprigged - decorated with designs of sprigs; "sprigged muslin"
patterned - having patterns (especially colorful patterns)
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References in classic literature ?
"Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings -- plain black shoes -- appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense."