The beginning of growth, as of a seed, spore, or bud. The germination of most seeds and spores occurs in response to warmth and water.
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How to use germination in a sentence
If the plant occurs along the water, the seeds, when liberated, float about until they rest in a suitable place for germination.Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
They are conceived of fecund nods and looks, of the germination of writing and initials and signatures and contract-stamps.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
The finer the soil is the surer you may be of the germination of the seed you put into it.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
Every five or six days the watering is to be renewed, in order to facilitate the germination.Scientific American Supplement No. 299 | Various
Studies have been made upon the comparative germination of tree seeds in the field and the greenhouse.Our National Forests | Richard H. Douai Boerker