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taste bud
▪ New plants arise vegetatively from dormant buds on the short upright rhizome of the main root.
▪ Within ten to thirty days between twenty to fifty new plants begin to develop from the dormant buds on the rhizome.
▪ Since the inflorescence is not yet known, the plant is propagated only from dormant buds on the rhizome.
▪ The plant can be reproduced by obtaining bud plants from dormant buds on the rhizome, but reproduction is usually from seeds.
▪ Use a cotton bud to blend the colours together, so there are no hard lines.
▪ Then smudge downwards towards the lashes, using a cotton bud or a small brush.
▪ Remove any blobs with a damp cotton bud.
▪ Use a cotton bud to carefully blend away edges into foundation so there is no hard edge.
▪ She licks the tip of a cotton bud and begins to comb her eyebrows.
▪ Cloves are dried flower buds and are usually sold whole.
▪ Some plants grow flower buds in fall.
▪ After a while they brought their bowls out of the cupboard and the green leaves grew taller and flower buds began to fatten.
▪ For that reason tropical plants usually put out flower buds and flower by slow growth one to three months later.
▪ Keep away from jasmine, already thick in flower bud, and clematis, however untidy.
▪ Their problem is their flower buds tend to swell in the winter and can be damaged by frost or winds.
▪ Keep cut stems short so that next years flower buds are retained.
▪ From the centre of the plant flower buds develop, and these grow to the water surface and blossom.
▪ For example, in certain limbless lizards and snakes a limb bud develops but the apical ridge dies thus stopping limb development.
▪ Cells in the limb bud must record whether they are forelimb or hindlimb cells and so alter their programme.
▪ We tested this by grafting the tip of a limb bud to the flank of the embryo.
▪ The taste buds are confined to the tip, the sides and the back of the tongue only.
▪ We were to use all our senses, our fingers, our eyes as well as our taste buds.
▪ He bit into one of Sarah's ham and cucumber sandwiches; his taste buds appreciated them.
▪ Their taste buds are numb by now.
▪ On top of this, food eaten eight miles up needs extra seasoning because at altitude taste buds are only 70 percent efficient.
▪ The taste buds can handle only periodic assaults and the sweet red pepper bread afforded intermediate breaks and recovery time.
▪ But it does not activate taste buds and has no intrinsic flavour.
▪ Dead ahead, a taste bud comes into view.
▪ If the economy is picking up steam, the recovery may be nipped in the bud by renewed Fed tightening.
▪ It was the best way to nip this in the bud.
▪ Guideline 18: Try to nip misbehaviour in the bud.
▪ The objective is to prevent, or at least nip in the bud, unwanted feelings.
▪ John's incipient school problems were nipped in the bud.
▪ Any breach of confidentiality concerning their children is something they have to nip in the bud right now.
▪ Thus, the possibility of social democracy is also neatly nipped in the bud.
budding artist/actor/writer etc
▪ Perhaps she is a budding artist, a future novelist.
nip sth in the bud
▪ If I'd known about their plan I could have nipped it in the bud there and then.
▪ It's important to nip this problem in the bud.
▪ The idea is to nip minor school problems in the bud.
▪ Far better to draw them into the school to nip things in the bud than leave them to ferment discontent.
▪ Guideline 18: Try to nip misbehaviour in the bud.
▪ It was the best way to nip this in the bud.
▪ Everyone looks so brisk in fresh suits of upright postures, so stiff and tense their buds won't open.
▪ Guideline 18: Try to nip misbehaviour in the bud.
▪ How many plants were needed to furnish the buds for the exhibition vase?
▪ Isaak draws no more attention than his anonymous buds.
▪ They went to wherever there were cut-down branches, nibbling off the buds.
▪ This will promote growth in the buds below your pinch.
▪ Use a cotton bud to blend the colours together, so there are no hard lines.
▪ With the Prozac I still get the same feeling but it kind of nips it in the bud.
budding artist/actor/writer etc
▪ Perhaps she is a budding artist, a future novelist.
▪ Its bright yellow pendulous boughs have begun to bud, and its contours give evidence of a healthy plant.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bud \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.


Bud \Bud\ (b[u^]d), 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 tree.


Bud \Bud\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Budded; p. pr. & vb. n. Budding.]

  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.

    Syn: To sprout; germinate; blossom.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (compare Dutch bot "bud," Old Saxon budil "bag, purse," German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd "beetle."


c.1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding.\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 A male nickname. 2 (context rare , chiefly US English) (given name male from=English). Etymology 2

n. (context informal English) A nickname for the beer

  1. n. a partially opened flower

  2. a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals

  3. [also: budding, budded]

  1. v. develop buds; "The hibiscus is budding!"

  2. start to grow or develop; "a budding friendship"

  3. [also: budding, budded]


In botany, a bud is an undeveloped or embryonic shoot and normally occurs in the axil of a leaf or at the tip of a 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.

Bud (disambiguation)

Bud is a botanical term referring to an undeveloped or embryonic shoot.

Bud may also refer to:

Usage examples of "bud".

You may trace a common motive and force in the pyramid-builders of the earliest recorded antiquity, in the evolution of Greek architecture, and in the sudden springing up of those wondrous cathedrals of the twelfth and following centuries, growing out of the soil with stem and bud and blossom, like flowers of stone whose seeds might well have been the flaming aerolites cast over the battlements of heaven.

King spat into a bunch of ageratum, just budding into a fuzzy blue blossom.

Thure and Bud, he started down the street toward the office of the alcalde, before whom all criminal cases were tried, followed by Dave, the miner, with the horses of the boys, their two accusers, and the crowd, which had made no move to dispute the authority of the sheriff, although a little growling had been done.

Thure and Bud, their eyes shifting restlessly from the face of the alcalde to the faces of the surrounding crowd.

Thure in a whisper to Bud, as the alcalde, having completed the tale of the jury, again turned to them.

When it was over and Thure and Bud again gave their attention to the court, Bill Ugger was about to continue with his testimony, the majority of the crowd having shown themselves so plainly in sympathy with the actions of the alcalde that the rougher ones evidently thought it wise to keep quiet.

Hence Bud, at the summons of the alcalde, had stepped forward promptly and confidently.

A small antechamber to the world-cavern, a recent budding Dancer had never before entered.

Small rooms budded off each corridor, and into one of these Arak directed the group.

They had small areolae, of a bewitching dark coral which seemed most intense, and set in the centers of those sweetly angelic haloes appeared two dainty little pink buds, crinkly and twitching with every breath, sweet tidbits, morsels of delight for the lips and the tongue of an appreciative connoisseur such as I prided myself on being.

A marvelous bebop medley, consisting of wonderful renditions of jazz tunes in the style of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, and Elmo Hope.

As Murfree watched, the beefy racing-driver strolled out and joined them, and the three of them snarled at Bud Gregory, who apologetically shambled out of sight, while the three continued to snap at each other.

It was as if spring laughed for joy beholding in him one that was her own child, clothed to outward view with so much loveliness and grace, but full besides to the eyes and finger-tips with fire and vital sap, like her own buds bursting in the Brankdale coppices.

Zeyad and Ali are only two of a budding community of Iraqi bloggers, many electronically dispatching from the Internet cafes that now dot block after Baghdad block - the very existence of which would have been unthinkable under Saddam.

D-Day minus 3, and flight operations began with a launch of twelve Reapers led by Bud Schumann, in the full dark at quarter past four, while the last bogies were still fading from the force radars.