One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The product of germination of a seed or spore; specifically a germinating alga or fungus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Henfrey (d. 1859), botanist. From germ + -ling, after German Keimling product of germination (Middle High German -kīmelinc in ertkīmelinc shoot, young tree).
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