- To sprout or produce buds.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
2014 April 5, “Quite interesting: A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week; QI orchids you not”, The Daily Telegraph (Weekend), page W22:
- Orchids rely on fungi to reproduce. Their tiny seeds don't have any on-board nutrients (like beans and apples) and will not germinate until they are infected by a symbiotic fungus which supplies them with food. Known as a protocorm, this tiny orchid-fungus ball grows, turns green and eventually starts to photosynthesise.
- To cause to grow.
sprout or produce buds
cause to grow