seed stock

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The longest part of the manufacturing process involves growing cells in large stainless-steel vessels and then adding in the seed stock of the vaccine, which experts say takes a minimum of three to four weeks. Stephanie Baker, Bloomberg.com, 23 Nov. 2020 Their offspring provided seed stock to transplant and establish herds across California, paid for with money from hunter’s licenses and tags. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, 26 June 2020 In all, Alaska has 70 open farm permits, which include eight with nurseries, and five hatcheries to provide seed stock to aquatic farmers. Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2020 See More

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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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“Seed stock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed%20stock. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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