Spruce up your iced tea with a sprig of mint from the yard. A sprig is a cutting, stem, or small branch. A sprig is prettier than a twig because it often has leaves or flowers.

As the stem of a plant, a sprig usually includes leaves and berries or flowers, like a sprig of holly on your front door at Christmas, or a sprig of rosemary as a garnish on your plate at dinner. Botanists, or plant scientists, think of sprigs as cuttings from plants that can be planted in soil and grown, like a sprig from a crocus or strawberry plant. The process of planting sprigs even has a name—sprigging.

Definitions of sprig

n a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year

branchlet, twig
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a thorny stem or twig
a thin supple twig or rod
withe, withy
strong flexible twig
flexible twig of a willow tree
Type of:
a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant

n an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers

Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

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