bourgeon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bourgeon produce buds, branches, or germinate "the potatoes sprouted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Bourgeon To sprout; to put forth buds; to shoot forth, as a branch. "Gayly to bourgeon and broadly to grow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bourgeon See burgeon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bourgeon bur′jun to put forth sprouts or buds: to grow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. burjoun, a bud, burjounen, to bud, F. bourgeon, a bud, bourgeonner, to bud; cf. OHG. burjan, to raise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bourgeon, a bud, shoot.

Usage

In literature:

Sharp surprise and a palpable fear bourgeoned upon the Captain's face.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
The horse-chestnut bourgeons burst their sheaths to spread into trefoils and flame-shaped leaves.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
It seemed as though a spring breeze had melted the snow from the land, such bourgeoning and blossoming appeared throughout the school.
"The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood The Autobiography Of Georg Ebers, Complete" by Georg Ebers
To bourgeon all her flowers of hope.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
The leafage had progressed beyond the bourgeoning period and the branches flung broad green splendors of verdure to the breeze.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
A sudden hope bourgeoned in his distracted eyes.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
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In poetry:

Thou art wizen and white, ash-tree;
Other trees have gone on,
Have gathered and grown,
Have bourgeoned and borne:
Thou hast wasted and worn.
"Dead-Maid's-Pool" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I know no brotherhood with far-lock'd woods,
Where branches bourgeon from a kindred sap;
Where o'er moss'd roots, in cool, green solitudes,
Small silver brooklets lap.
"The City Tree" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Ever since Artur Ekert harnessed this phenomenon to distribute cryptographic keys in 1991, the field has bourgeoned.
Louisville's Concours d'Elegance: a bourgeoning tradition.
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