One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Germinating; sprouting. Also: having the potential to germinate or grow; nascent or rudimentary. Chiefly figurative and in figurative contexts.
2That is the place or medium in which something germinates; that promotes germination. Chiefly figurative and in figurative contexts.
1A germinating seed or spore; a seedling.
2Chiefly Microbiology. Something that promotes germination; specifically an agent that promotes the germination of bacterial or fungal spores.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Palladius' De Re Rustica. From classical Latin germinant-, germināns, present participle of germināre germinate.
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