in·​oc·​u·​lant i-ˈnä-kyə-lənt How to pronounce inoculant (audio)

Examples of inoculant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t forget to roll the seed or roots in a Rhizobia bacterial inoculant. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2021 As a successful inoculant became more likely, the JCVI’s Covid-19 subcommittee met weekly starting in September. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 To use an inoculant, roll wet seeds in the powder immediately before planting. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2017 Topics discussed are potting containers and soil, seeds as newborns, newborn seedlings' microbiome, microbial seed inoculants and amending your seed starting soil with mineral nutrients and biology. Courant Community, 26 Dec. 2017 Inoculants of these bacteria are available commercially and may be used to coat the seeds before planting to make sure the bacteria are present; however, this generally is not necessary. Dan Gill,, 8 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inoculant was in 1898

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“Inoculant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


in·​oc·​u·​lant in-ˈäk-yə-lənt How to pronounce inoculant (audio)
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