ger·​mi·​nal | \ ˈjərm-nəl How to pronounce germinal (audio) , ˈjer-mə-nᵊl\

Definition of germinal

1a : being in the earliest stage of development
2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo

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Other Words from germinal

germinally adverb

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Historical fiction writers could plumb his collection for germinal ideas for some moving stories. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ray Allen, 'Lost Milwaukee' and jazz profiles are subjects of new Wisconsin books," 2 May 2018 In 1950, the germinal Aspen resort hosted the world championships only four years after opening its first chairlift — Lift One — which ranked as the longest in the world. Jason Blevins, The Denver Post, "Hosting World Cup Finals demands much of Aspen businesses, but delivers big marketing returns," 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of germinal

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for germinal

French, from Latin germin-, germen — more at germ

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The first known use of germinal was in 1808

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ger·​mi·​nal | \ ˈjərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce germinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of germinal

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo

Other Words from germinal

germinally \ -​ē How to pronounce germinally (audio) \ adverb

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