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Meaning of BUD

Pronunciation:  bud

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a partially opened flower
  2. [n]  a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
  3. [v]  start to grow or develop; "a budding friendship"
  4. [v]  develop buds, of plants; "The hibiscus is budding!"

BUD is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: begin, bloom, blossom, develop, flower, flower bud, leaf bud, mixed bud, rosebud, sprout, start



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bud\, n. [OE. budde; cf. D. bot, G. butze, butz, the core
    of a fruit, bud, LG. butte in hagebutte, hainbutte, a hip of
    the dog-rose, or OF. boton, F. bouton, bud, button, OF. boter
    to bud, push; all akin to E. beat. See {Button}.]
    1. (Bot.) 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.
    2. (Biol.) A small protuberance on certain low forms of
       animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism,
       either free or attached. See {Hydra}.
    {Bud moth} (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect of several
       species, which destroys the buds of fruit trees; esp.
       {Tmetocera ocellana} and {Eccopsis malana} on the apple
  2. \Bud\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Budded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a
       bud does, into a flower or shoot.
    2. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner
       of a bud, as a horn.
    3. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or
       growth and promise; as, a budding virgin. --Shak.
    Syn: To sprout; germinate; blossom.
  3. \Bud\, v. t.
    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.
          The apricot and the nectarine may be, and usually are,
          budded upon the peach; the plum and the peach are
          budded on each other.                    --Farm. Dict.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A small swelling or projection on a plant, from which a shoot, cluster of leaves, or flowers develops; a rudimentary, undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower.
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