One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Germination; budding, sprouting, growth; an instance of this. Chiefly figurative and in figurative contexts.
Germinating; sprouting, budding; growing.
Mid 19th century. From germ + -ing. Compare earlier germinating and germination<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Needham (1713–1781), Roman Catholic priest and natural scientist. From germ + -ing.
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