seed·​bed | \ ˈsēd-ˌbed How to pronounce seedbed (audio) \

Definition of seedbed

1 : soil or a bed of soil prepared for planting seed
2 : a place or source of growth or development

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Examples of seedbed in a Sentence

a social and political environment that would later become a seedbed of the abolition movement that think tank has served as a seedbed for American conservatism since the Cold War era
Recent Examples on the Web Within days, an obscure rural village noted for making wheelbarrows was being vilified as the seedbed for women’s suffrage. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, "The Pre-Civil War Fight Against White Supremacy," 18 Jan. 2021 Although Florida has not traditionally been known as a seedbed of squash, Shumway moved quickly to create a microclimate around his child: snapping up El Hindi, and embarking on a project to build a premier squash facility in the area. Ruth S. Barrett, The Atlantic, "Rich Parents Went All In on Lacrosse. And Squash. And Water Polo.," 17 Oct. 2020 Small seeds should be left on top of a seedbed that has been tilled and then firmed with a drag or cultipacker before seeding. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips For Growing Successful Food Plots (And Keeping Deer on Your Property All Season Long)," 19 June 2020 The antinuclear movement provided the seedbed for defense conversion to germinate. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Long Movement to Defund the Military," 18 June 2020 Cover the seed only lightly or simply spread on a smooth packed seedbed before a rain. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 And the two-parent family is the seedbed for the character formation of young people. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Coronavirus Tests America’s Social Capacity," 21 Mar. 2020 California has been a seedbed of American political passions, to the Right and Left. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Ursula LeGuin foresaw dystopia that is California on fire: The Conversation," 5 Nov. 2019 California has been a seedbed of American political passions, to the Right and Left. Stephanie Lemenager, Quartz, "California is living America’s dystopian future," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seedbed

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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3 Feb 2021

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“Seedbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seedbed

: an area of soil prepared for planting seeds

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