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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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As usual, in their spare time, they lit bonfires, steamed themselves before them naked; smoked, picked out and baked sprouting rotten potatoes, told and listened to stories of Potemkin's and Suvorov's campaigns, or to legends of Alesha the Sly, or the priest's laborer Mikolka.
Strange children, who meant nothing to me, were playing in the Harlings' big yard when I passed; the mountain ash had been cut down, and only a sprouting stump was left of the tall Lombardy poplar that used to guard the gate.
In this sheltered defile the weather was moderate and grass was already sprouting more than an inch in height.
With the development of controlled sprouting techniques, sprouted whole grain foods have become an emerging trend in the food industry.
In reality, sprouting of grains can reduce gluten levels somewhat but it does not eliminate them altogether.
The whole grains are left to soak for sprouting to take place at a predetermined time with set conditions, involving a controlled amount of moisture and warmth.Most homes carry out sprouting/malting to get a product referred to as kimera (malted finger millet) in Luhya language and Kimeru, in opaque beer production (busaa).
Potato tubers are usually stored for several months at a low temperature prior to planting to delay sprouting [2].
Zwieca and Gawlik-Dziki [18] investigated the effects of sprouting and postharvest storage under cool temperature conditions on starch content and antioxidant capacity of green pea, lentil and young mung bean sprouts.
Details are provided for various types of sprouting including sunflowers, pea shoots, broccoli, amaranth, French lentils, fenugreek, red Russian kale, purple radish, and many others.
But the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) researched the potential benefits and concluded that sprouting does not significantly enhance the grains' nutrient levels.
Even though you may have just recently heard about fodder, sprouting seeds for livestock is not a new idea.
Rochester, NY, December 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Harris Seeds is excited to announce the addition of seeds for sprouting to their product line.