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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.
If sprouting at home, use proper sanitation and handling techniques.
But the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) researched the potential benefits and concluded that sprouting does not significantly enhance the grains' nutrient levels.
com)-- Harris Seeds is excited to announce the addition of seeds for sprouting to their product line.
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of different sprouting times on proximate composition total energy and ascorbic acid content of mung bean (Vigna radiate L.
coli in sprouts on the market for each batch of seeds intended for sprouting; as well as certifying compliance with EU rules at import of sprouts or seeds intended for sprouting.
This forest management method has been considered initially for supplying fuel (wood and coal) and its main principle is presence of tree species with good sprouting capability.
By advising consumers to steer clear of all raw sprouts, large, professional suppliers to the multiples with stringent safety procedures were being treated the same as much smaller growers and amateurs sprouting seeds at home, he added.
Basal or stump sprouting following wildfire or tree harvest is common for many oak species and is the primary mechanism for oak regeneration in this study area.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT Sprouting Seeds If the veg patch looks bare, grow some sprouting seeds indoors.