Definition of pregerminate in English:

pregerminate

verb

  • 1no object To germinate early or before another plant; to begin the process of germination. rare before 20th cent.

  • 2with object To induce the process of germination in (seed), especially before it is planted.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. Originally from classical Latin praegermināt-, past participial stem of praegermināre to sprout early from prae- + germināre. In later use from pre- + germinate.

Pronunciation

pregerminate

/ˌpriːˈdʒəːmɪneɪt/