burgeon

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From Middle English burjon, burioun ‎(shoot, bud), from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Old Frankish *burjo ‎(sprout, offshoot, descendant), from Proto-Germanic *burjô ‎(sprout, descendant, offshoot), from Proto-Germanic *beraną ‎(to carry, bear), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- ‎(to bear) (cf. Albanian buron ‎(sprout, spring, gush out)). Akin to Old High German burjan ‎(to push up, raise), Old English byrian ‎(to come up, occur), Old English byre ‎(child, son, descendant). More at bear.

Alternate etymology derives Old French burjon ‎(bud) from Vulgar Latin *burrionem, accusative of *burrio, from Late Latin burra ‎(wool, fluff) (presumably from the down covering certain buds).

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burgeon ‎(plural burgeons)

  1. (obsolete) bud, sprout, shoot
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burgeon ‎(third-person singular simple present burgeons, present participle burgeoning, simple past and past participle burgeoned)

  1. (intransitive) To grow or expand.
    Gradually, the town burgeoned into a thriving city.
  2. (intransitive) To swell to the point of bursting.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) Of plants, to bloom, bud.
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