- to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
- to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
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Most are edible and germinate in the conventional way, starting life as a seedling and growing upward.The Incredible Fig - Issue 104: Harmony|Meg Lowman|July 28, 2021|Nautilus
They’ll germinate in roughly two weeks, with the first harvest six weeks later.Grow your own indoor garden with this deal on a hydroponic system|Quinn Gawronski|July 9, 2021|Popular-Science
One of those seeds gets carried across an ocean to a new, unvegetated continent where it germinates and becomes the founder species for plant life.A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life - Issue 99: Universality|Caleb Scharf|April 21, 2021|Nautilus
Oreskes describes how major science advances germinated and weaves those accounts with deeply researched stories of backstabbing colleagues, attempted coups at oceanographic institutions and daring deep-sea adventures.A new book explores how military funding shaped the science of oceanography|Alka Tripathy-Lang|April 16, 2021|Science News
The post-Harden Rockets exist as a shell-encased seed, hurt by injury but ready to germinate.The Post-Harden Rockets Have A Different Style — And Lots Of Possibilities|Louis Zatzman|February 19, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Texas may be a testing ground, but it is in Silicon Valley that ideas germinate and incubate.The GOP’s Huge, Growing Modernity Gap|Lloyd Green|June 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But without a reasonable expectation that security will materialize, better governance will not germinate.It's All or Nothing in Afghanistan|Vanda Felbab-Brown|October 11, 2009|DAILY BEAST
That sent to Sind, though said to have been carefully sown, also failed to germinate.
More thinking, and a greater experience of life, may cause him to germinate agreeably in a few years.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
Does anyone know for sure how to get pawpaw seed to germinate?
This is a seed of such force and vitality, that it does not ask our leave to germinate.A Plea for Captain John Brown|Henry David Thoreau
The spores of a heartwood-inhabiting fungus cannot germinate and thrive unless they fall upon the heartwood of the tree.Our National Forests|Richard H. Douai Boerker