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[seed-bed] /ˈsidˌbɛd/
land prepared for seeding.
a plot of ground for seedlings.
a place of development; source.
Origin of seedbed
First recorded in 1650-60; seed + bed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hereafter the seedbed should be well watered from time to time whenever the soil appears dry.

  • The usual practice is to keep the seedlings one year in the seedbed and two years in the nursery rows before they are set out.

    The School Book of Forestry

    Charles Lathrop Pack
  • It was good weather for preparing the seedbed, and the men had been busy since sunrise, making the most of it.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • But if, from any cause, they have made a feeble growth, it is better to let them remain in the seedbed another year.

    The Nut Culturist Andrew S. Fuller
  • To protect the young plants, the seedbed was usually covered with oak leaves, though straw was used occasionally.

  • I was so impressed with its beauty that I took it from where it bloomed in the seedbed and planted it at my house in the garden.

  • The seedbed must be as level as a floor, and compact, for good use to be made of the wheel-seeder.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
British Dictionary definitions for seedbed


a plot of land in which seeds or seedlings are grown before being transplanted
the place where something develops: the seedbed of discontent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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