seed stock


: a supply (as of seed) for planting
broadly : a source of new individuals
seed stock for hardy dairy cattle

Examples of seed stock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best and largest potatoes are sold for cash to buy medicine and household essentials, while a select few are kept as seed stock for the next planting season. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 27 June 2023 Significantly, some states had self-sustaining populations of wild turkeys that could serve as seed stock. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 The elvers are valuable because they’re used as seed stock by Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity for use as food., 9 June 2020 Critically, some states had self-sustaining populations of wild turkeys that could serve as seed stock. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2022 With respect to other plants that failed to thrive, my thought is that with the interruption in the supply chain due to the virus, old seed stock is flooding the market with a reduction in vitality and production. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 The eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies that use them as seed stock so they can be raised to maturity and used as food. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 Both systems have served as seed stock for restoration efforts across North America. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2021 This was the seed stock for some enthusiastic Pennsylvania anglers who caught them at Harper’s Ferry and transported live-boxes full to Lord de la Warre’s namesake river. A.j. McClane, Field & Stream, 24 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seed stock was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Seed stock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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