[jur-muh-nl; French zher-mee-nal]
- (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the seventh month of the year, extending from March 21 to April 19.
- (italics) a novel (1884) by Émile Zola.
Origin of Germinal
From French; see origin at germinal
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- of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
- of, or in the earliest stage of development; embryonic
Word Origin for germinal
C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ
- the month of buds: the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, from March 22 to April 20
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- Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
- Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development of an embryo or organism.
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