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.
Famous quotes containing the word bud:
“Language is a living thing. We can feel it changing. Parts of it become old: they drop off and are forgotten. New pieces bud out, spread into leaves, and become big branches, proliferating.”
—Gilbert Highet (19061978)
“Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (18961940)
“I seem to have dodged all my days with one or two persons, and lived upon expectation,as if the bud would surely blossom; and so I am content to live.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)