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Seedling and sprout

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Sprout vs shoot vs seedling vs sapling

What is the difference between sprout, shoot, seedling and sapling?Can you make them in order of growing stage.

I guess sapling is relatively later stage of an embryo of a plant as far as I read.

And how do we use them figuratively ?

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A sprout would be a very young plant just coming out of the ground. To sprout is a verb that has the same feel of just being born from the earth. A shoot I’ve only heard in regards to a young bamboo plant, though perhaps it could be used with other tree branch like plants. A seedling feels very close to a sprout, but perhaps makes the plant feel slightly older and I think I would use it more towards trees than plants. A sapling is a young tree, say more than 1 year and less than 3 years old. Big enough that it wouldn’t break if touched, but still young and somewhat fragile.

Oh, and a switch is a very old term for a thin tree branch, usually used for corporal punishment on a young child’s butt or perhaps for play sword fighting between children. Small enough to bend easily, but not so big as to do real harm (not a cudgel.) As this came from the comments, I figured I could explain that as well. 🙂

Sprout vs shoot vs seedling vs sapling What is the difference between sprout, shoot, seedling and sapling?Can you make them in order of growing stage. I guess sapling is relatively later stage