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germinant

[ jur-muh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈdʒɜr mə nənt /
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adjective
beginning to grow or develop; germinating.
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Origin of germinant

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin germinant- (stem of germināns ), present participle of the verb germināre “to bud, sprout”

OTHER WORDS FROM germinant

ger·mi·nance, ger·mi·nan·cy, nounun·ger·mi·nant, adjective
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How to use germinant in a sentence

  • Huic cœli lilia germinant;Arrisus sponsi permanent;Ac nomen in fidelibusQuam filiorum medius.

    The Saint's Tragedy|Charles Kingsley
  • She began to feel blindly that God was not alone the keeper of eternal Sabbaths, but the germinant heat at the heart of the world.

    Meadow Grass|Alice Brown
  • She might have rebelled, had it not been for that germinant idea of hers.

    The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster

British Dictionary definitions for germinant

germinant
/ (ˈdʒɜːmɪnənt) /

adjective
in the process of germinating; sprouting
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