One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Good-quality corn kept for seed.
- ‘It is a trap similar to the one that peasants enter when they feed seedcorn to their starving children.’
- 1.1British Assets set aside for the generation of profit or other benefit in the future.‘small businesses are the seedcorn of the economy’‘the provision of seedcorn capital’
- ‘What we had to do was to demonstrate that this was seedcorn, and that the money invested in the genome was money well spent.’
- ‘Selectively chosen, these customers are the seedcorn of the future.’
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