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

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 Exceptionalism is easily misused, the seedbed upon which hate and maleficence can grow. Parker Richards, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 Clay soils are difficult to work up and develop into a good seedbed. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2022 The Czech composer came to New York with the conviction that African-American melodies would be the ‘seedbed’ for 20th-century music. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The Pullman porters were a seedbed for an African American middle class that would be sorely tested in recent decades by deindustrialization and then the Great Recession’s foreclosure wave. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2021 The Second Great Awakening, from the late 18th century to the mid-19th century, preached hellfire and damnation; upstate New York—seedbed of crackpots and ecstatic conversions, became known as the Burnt-Over District. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 And too many people still saw manic outbursts of energy in somewhat romantic terms, as a seedbed for great art and ideas. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The region was a seedbed for Republican governors, senators and even presidents. Raphael J. Sonenshein, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2021 Derek Gow wants his farm to be a breeding colony, a seedbed for a denuded island. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seedbed

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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23 Mar 2022

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“Seedbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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