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Definition of bud:

  1. A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra.
  2. A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.
  3. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin.
  4. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  5. To graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear.
  6. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.

Synonyms:

bairn, kin, tot, kernel, juvenile, incipient flower, youth, nucleus, germ, moppet, germ, seed, child, embryo, spark, embryo, youngster, flower, kid, innocent.

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