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sprout

verb uk   /spraʊt/ us  
[I or T] to produce leaves, hair, or other new developing parts, or (of leaves, hair, and other developing parts) to begin to grow: It takes about three days for the seeds to sprout. Your hair is sticking up - it looks like you're sprouting horns! [I] ( also sprout up) informal If a large number of things sprout (up), they suddenly appear or begin to exist: New factories have sprouted up everywhere.

sprout

noun [C] uk   /spraʊt/ us  
a part of a plant that is just beginning to grow mainly UK a Brussels sprout
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