seed stock

noun

Definition of seed stock 

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

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Fishermen in Maine search for the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams every spring so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock. Washington Post, "Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money," 20 May 2018 Fishermen seek the elvers in Maine because of the fish’s role as seed stock in Asian aquaculture. Washington Post, "Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales," 23 May 2018 In 2015, Svalbard returned many of the seeds to new ICARDA facilities established in Morocco and Lebanon, where scientists and farmers grew them to generate new seed stocks. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault on its 10th anniversary | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 The proposal stems from flooding at the entrance from an unexpected thaw in the permafrost, though none of the seed stocks were affected. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault on its 10th anniversary | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 The move was designed to prevent plundering of the massive concentrations of vulnerable fish that could serve as seed stock to help rebuild populations should a major fish kill occur. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018 Baby eels are valuable because they are sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock to be raised and used as food. Washington Post, "Three men charged in string of CVS robberies in Northwest Washington," 27 Oct. 2017 Add 1 ladle reserved sunflower seed stock and cook, stirring continuously, until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 2 minutes. Betsy Andrews, WSJ, "The Superfood Ingredient Chefs Love for Its Flavor," 12 Oct. 2017

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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