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Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Origin unknown.
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: buddy

bud

1 noun
     
Related topics: Plants
bud1 [countable]
1HBP a young tightly rolled up flower or leaf before it opens:
rose buds
in bud (=having buds but no flowers yet)
come into bud (=start to produce buds)
2 spoken especially American English buddy:
Hey, bud, how's it going?
cotton bud, taste bud

; ➔ nip something in the bud

at nip1 (3)

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