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Germinal Germinal

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germinal

[jur-muh-nl]

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adjective
  1. being in the earliest stage of development: germinal ideas.
  2. of or relating to a germ or germs .
  3. of the nature of a germ or germ cell .
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Origin of germinal

1800–10; (< F) < Latin germin- (stem of germen sprout, bud; see germ ) + -al1
Related formsger·mi·nal·ly, adverbnon·ger·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ger·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ger·mi·nal·ly, adverb

Germinal

[jur-muh-nl; French zher-mee-nal]
noun
  1. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the seventh month of the year, extending from March 21 to April 19.
  2. (italics) a novel (1884) by Émile Zola.

Origin of Germinal

From French; see origin at germinal
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Related Words for germinal

introductory , original , basic , incipient , promising , growing , fledgling , burgeoning , nascent , immature , undeveloped , antecedent , opening , leading , inaugural , pioneer , infant , initiative , fundamental , virgin


Examples from the Web for germinal

Contemporary Examples of germinal

  • But the most fascinating sections are the germinal passages upon which Agee would build and elaborate in the final version.

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    Revisiting James Agee: Discovering the Original ‘Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’

    Malcolm Jones

    June 7, 2013

  • Germinal by Émile Zola My favorite reportorial 19th-century novel.

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    Pulitzer Winner Jennifer Egan’s PEN Festival Book Bag

    Jennifer Egan

    April 23, 2012

Historical Examples of germinal

  • No doubt he often supplied the germinal ideas, while his assistants only carried them out.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • A bioplast, they tell us, is a germinal point in germinal matter or bioplasm.

    Life: Its True Genesis

    R. W. Wright

  • These people have no idea of germinal cells or their conjugation.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • The germinal vesicle is so simple that it may be defined in a line.

    Essays: Scientific, Political, &amp; Speculative, Vol. I

    Herbert Spencer

  • Blastoderm: the germinal membrane from which the organs of the embryo are formed.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith


British Dictionary definitions for germinal

germinal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
  2. of, or in the earliest stage of development; embryonic
Derived Formsgerminally, adverb

Word Origin for germinal

C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ

Germinal

noun
  1. the month of buds: the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, from March 22 to April 20
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for germinal
adj.

1808, from Modern Latin germinalis “in the germ,” from Latin germen (genitive germinis) “sprout, bud, sprig, offshoot” (see germ ) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

germinal in Medicine

germinal

[jûrmə-nəl]
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
  2. Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development of an embryo or organism.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Nearby words for germinal


  1. germany
  2. germen
  3. germfree
  4. germicide
  5. germinability
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  7. germinal area
  8. germinal cell
  9. germinal center of flemming
  10. germinal disk
  11. germinal epithelium

germinal

Germinal, an adjective, describes something that is just starting to happen, like all the planning you did and people you got interested in joining the running club when it was just an idea. That’s the germinal stage.

To correctly pronounce germinal, accent the first syllable: “JER-mih-nul.” You can see and hear germ in germinal. It comes from the Latin word germen, or “sprout, bud, sprig, offshoot.” So, something in its germinal stage is just beginning, like when you are thinking about possible topics for the research report you are going to write.



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Definitions of germinal
1

adj

containing seeds of later development

Synonyms:
originative , seminal
original

being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

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Contents

  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Adjective
      • 1.1.1 Usage notes
      • 1.1.2 Synonyms
      • 1.1.3 Derived terms
      • 1.1.4 Translations
      • 1.1.5 Further reading
    • 1.2 Anagrams
  • 2 Catalan
    • 2.1 Adjective
    • 2.2 Noun
  • 3 French
    • 3.1 Etymology
    • 3.2 Pronunciation
    • 3.3 Adjective
    • 3.4 Noun
      • 3.4.1 See also
    • 3.5 Further reading
    • 3.6 Anagrams
  • 4 Spanish
    • 4.1 Adjective
    • 4.2 Noun

English[ edit ]

Adjective[ edit ]

germinal ( comparative more germinal, superlative most germinal)

  1. Pertaining or belonging to a germ .
  2. ( figuratively ) Of or pertaining to something very small, as small as a germ ; pertaining to the essence of something.
    It was only the most germinal idea, to start writing a book, originally.
  3. ( figuratively ) Highly influential, seminal .

Usage notes[ edit ]

In sense “highly influential”, primarily used as a consciously feminist alternative to male seminal (germ (egg) vs. semen).

Synonyms[ edit ]

  • (relating to seed): seminal
  • (influential): seminal

Derived terms[ edit ]

Derived terms
  • germinal cell
  • germinal disk
  • germinal epithelium
  • germinal matrix
  • germinal membrane
  • germinal spot
  • germinal vesicle
  • subgerminal

Translations[ edit ]

pertaining or belonging to a germ
  • Bulgarian: зародишен (zarodišen), зачатъчен   (bg) (začatǎčen)
  • Catalan: germinal   (ca)
  • Spanish: germinal

Further reading[ edit ]

  • germinal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • germinal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams[ edit ]

  • maligner , malinger

Catalan[ edit ]

Catalan Wikipedia has an article on:

germinal

Wikipedia ca

Adjective[ edit ]

germinal (masculine and feminine plural germinals )

  1. germinal

Noun[ edit ]

germinal  m (plural germinals )

  1. ( historical ) Germinal (the month).

French[ edit ]

Etymology[ edit ]

Taken from Latin germen , germinis (sprout, bud) +‎ -al .

Pronunciation[ edit ]

  • IPA ( key ): /ʒɛʁ.mi.nal/
  • Rhymes: -al

Adjective[ edit ]

germinal (feminine singular germinale , masculine plural germinaux , feminine plural germinales )

  1. germinal

Noun[ edit ]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

germinal

Wikipedia fr

germinal  m (plural germinals )

  1. ( historical ) Germinal (the seventh month of the French Republican Calendar)

See also[ edit ]

  • ( French Republican Calendar months) mois du calendrier républicain ; vendémiaire , brumaire , frimaire , nivôse , pluviôse , ventôse , germinal, floréal , prairial , messidor , thermidor , fructidor

Further reading[ edit ]

  • “ germinal ” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams[ edit ]

  • malingre

Spanish[ edit ]

Adjective[ edit ]

germinal (plural germinales )

  1. germinal

Noun[ edit ]

germinal  m (plural germinales )

  1. Germinal

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