ETYM Old Eng. budde; cf. Dutch bot, German butze, butz, the core of a fruit, bud, LG. butte in hagebutte, hainbutte, a hip of the dog-rose, or Old Fren. boton, French bouton, bud, button, Old Fren. boter to bud, push. Related to Button.
Undeveloped shoot usually enclosed by protective scales; inside is a very short stem and numerous undeveloped leaves, or flower parts, or both. Terminal buds are found at the tips of shoots, while axillary buds develop in the axils of the leaves, often remaining dormant unless the terminal bud is removed or damaged. Adventitious buds may be produced anywhere on the plant, their formation sometimes stimulated by an injury, such as that caused by pruning.
1. A partially opened flower.
2. A swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals.