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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sprig
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
sprig of mint
▪ Decorate with a sprig of mint.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
fresh
▪ Keep them moist in a warm greenhouse or a corner of the kitchen, for a steady supply of fresh sprigs.
■ VERB
garnish
▪ Top with the remaining rounds of toast. Garnish with a sprig of basil.
▪ Save remaining relish for another use. Garnish with mint sprigs.
▪ Spoon into the choux buns and sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with sprigs of basil.
▪ Place braised legs alongside. Garnish with mint sprigs.
▪ Chill before serving. Garnish with sprigs of parsley.
▪ Spoon the sauce on to the plates. Garnish with sprigs of dill.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Garnish with grapefruit sections, mint sprigs, and tomato.
▪ Gently remove sprigs of rosemary from the stalk and sprinkle over chicken with chopped parsley.
▪ Here are a few sprigs for your pillow.
▪ Place quail on lentils and surround with watercress sprigs.
▪ Squeeze over the juice of the lemon towards the end of cooking and add the sprigs of dill to the pan.
▪ They finished their drinks and as they got up from the table Fernando plucked a sprig of jasmine from the pergola.
▪ Unless, that is, his motive was to supply the infantry with sprigs of mistletoe to give to their sweethearts at Christmas.
▪ We have also had great success with grapevine cuttings and herb sprigs, such as basil and thyme.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
sprig

Sprigtail \Sprig"tail`\ (spr[i^]g"t[=a]l`), n. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. The pintail duck; -- called also sprig, and spreet-tail. [Local, U.S.]

  2. The sharp-tailed grouse. [Local, U.S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
sprig

"shoot, twig or spray of a plant, shrub," c.1400, probably related to Old English spræc "shoot, twig," of obscure origin.

Wiktionary
sprig

n. 1 A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray. 2 A youth; a lad; -- used humorously or in slight disparagement. 3 A brad, or nail without a head. 4 A small eyebolt ragged or barbed at the point. 5 A house sparrow. vb. To decorate with sprigs

WordNet
sprig
  1. n. small branch or division of a branch; usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year [syn: branchlet, twig]

  2. an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers

  3. [also: sprigging, sprigged]

Wikipedia
Sprig (character)
  1. Redirect Grey Griffins#List of major characters
Sprig

Sprig may refer to:

  • Sprig (agriculture), a type of plant cutting used for propagation
  • Sprig (character), a fictional character from the Grey Griffins series
  • Sprig, another name for the bird northern pintail (Anas acuta)
Sprig (Cambridge Town Club cricketer)

Sprig (first name and details of birth and death unknown) was an English cricketer with possibly professional status who was active in 1831. He made his first-class debut in 1831 and appeared in one match as an unknown handedness batsman whose bowling style is unknown, playing for Cambridge Town Club (CTC). He scored one run with a highest score of 1 and took no wickets.

Usage examples of "sprig".

I do not call it a village or even an encampment, because it was only a wide glade in the forest, scattered with cooking-fire rings of blackened stones carelessly tossed together, and with sleeping furs spread over pallets stuffed with fir sprigs, and with various cookery implements and skins stretched on drying hoops and bits of harness, and with saying knives and brittling knives, and with the gnawed bones and other remains of past meals.

Lying on the dry brown turf, he discovered sprigs of tiny purple milkwort and pink spots of lousewort.

Nay walked down toward Rounce, then veered off and snapped a sprig off a low bush.

Attired in a figured sarsenet of white ground with small sprigs of pink color and wrapped in the very latest thing in cloaks -- fine Bath coating, descending to the feet, with a large military cape and hood -- and with a shade bonnet of fine brown cane with a high crown of brown satin, ornamented with chenille and velvet flowers perched on her head, Emily tripped lightly down the stairs to where her husband was waiting in his traveling carriage.

Blow, flute, and stir the stiff-set sprigs, And scirrhous roots and tendons.

They will not be serviceless in their admonitions to your understanding, and they will so contrive to reconcile with it the natural caperings of the wayward young sprig Conduct, that the latter, who commonly learns to walk upright and straight from nothing softer than raps of a bludgeon on his crown, shall foot soberly, appearing at least wary of dangerous corners.

Through the open window she caught a glimpse of Miss Greenshaw in a puce-coloured sprigged print, bending over the rockery, weeding assiduously.

She followed his stare, glancing down at herself, simply clad in her sprigged cotton round gown.

A few sprigs of chives, chopped fine, are exceedingly palatable, sprinkled over a lettuce, endive, string-bean, or other bean salad.

Regan Paisley added the last sprig of star-shaped stephanotis to the bridal bouquet.

The conversation became at once professional after the briefest preliminaries, and he would stand twirling a sweet-scented sprig in his fingers, and make suggestive jokes, perhaps about her faith in a too persistent course of thoroughwort elixir, in which my landlady professed such firm belief as sometimes to endanger the life and usefulness of worthy neighbors.

The sprigs of mignonette and rosemary, with which the room was sprinkled every day, were unrenewed, and scented the gloom with close odours of decay.

Waiting a moment to get her breath, she made a hasty bouquet of some blue campanulas and sprigs of whortleberry and then sauntered down the path, a little flushed, a little untidy about the hair and wet about the shoes, but on the whole a creditable specimen of early-rising vigorous maidenhood.

The duarough produced tiny melons the size of fists, plump rosy appleberries, yellow rumroot wrapped in husks, shelled halver nuts and the great white mushrooms of which he was so fond, along with a sprig of withered, aromatic leaves.

With a gallant show of anticipation, a sprig of geranium in his lapel, he set out for the train on that fateful morning, while Little Arcady awaited his return with a cordial curiosity.