What is bud?

  • (noun): A swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Bud

In botany, a bud is an undeveloped or embryonic shoot and normally occurs in the axil of a leaf or at the tip of the stem. Once formed, a bud may remain for some time in a dormant condition, or it may form a shoot immediately. Buds may be specialized to develop flowers or short shoots, or may have the potential for general shoot development. The term bud is also used in zoology, where it refers to an outgrowth from the body which can develop into a new individual.

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More definitions of "bud":

  • (verb): Develop buds.
    Example: "The hibiscus is budding!"
  • (noun): A partially opened flower.
  • (verb): Start to grow or develop.
    Example: "A budding friendship"

Famous quotes containing the word bud:

    And yet no greater, but more eminent,
    Love by the spring is grown;
    As, in the firmament,
    Stars by the sun are not enlarged, but shown,
    Gentle love deeds, as blossoms on a bough,
    From love’s awakened root do bud out now.
    John Donne (1572–1631)

    The bud of the apple is desire, the down-falling gold,
    The catbird’s gobble in the morning half-awake
    These are real only if I make them so. Whistle
    For me, grow green for me and, as you whistle and grow green,
    Intangible arrows quiver and stick in the skin
    And I taste at the root of the tongue the unreal of what is real.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    ...there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?
    Bible: Hebrew, Job 14:7-10.