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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British Dictionary definitions for germinals

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
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Word Origin and History for germinals

germinal

adj.

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

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germinals 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.
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