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sprig



Pronunciation: (sprig), [key]
n., v., sprigged, sprig•ging.


n.
1. a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc.
2. an ornament having the form of such a spray.
3. a shoot, twig, or small branch.
4. Facetious.a scion, offspring, or heir of a family, class, etc.
5. a youth or young fellow.
6. See glazier's point.
7. a headless brad.
8. Metall.
a. a small peg for reinforcing the walls of a mold.
b. a metal insert, used to chill certain portions of cast metal, that becomes an integral part of the finished casting.

v.t.
1. to mark or decorate (fabrics, pottery, etc.) with a design of sprigs.
2. to fasten with brads.
3. Hort.to propagate a plant, esp. grass, by planting individual stolons.
4. Metall.to reinforce the walls of (a mold) with sprigs.
5. to remove a sprig or sprigs from (a plant).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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