verb (used without object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
- to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
- to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
verb (used with object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
Origin of germinate
Examples from the Web for germination
They compete for the good services of the birds or mammals that disseminate their seeds in proper spots for germination.Science in Arcady|Grant Allen
The germination is very similar to that of the common garden Onion.Beautiful Bulbous Plants|John Weathers
Cotyledons remaining underground in germination; radicle very short, included.
What a lesson may be gathered from the germination of a seed; how uniformly the germs obey their destiny.The Reason Why|Anonymous
The peculiarities of germination will be alluded to hereafter.Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for germination
Derived Formsgerminable or germinative, adjectivegermination, noungerminator, noun
Word Origin for germinate
Science definitions for germination
A Closer Look
Dormant seeds are very dry and require the absorption of water to initiate the metabolic processes of respiration and begin to digest their stored food. Respiration requires the presence of oxygen, which must be sufficiently available in the soil for germination to proceed, so the soil must be wet but not so waterlogged as to make oxygen inaccessible. Temperatures must be above freezing (zero degrees Celsius) but not excessively hot (not more than about 45 degrees Celsius). If conditions are right, a radicle (an embryonic root) emerges from the seed coat, anchoring the seed; it then grows and puts out lateral roots. In most eudicots, a part of the developing stem, either the epicotyl (the stem above the cotyledons) or the hypocotyl (the stem below the cotyledons) elongates, forming a hook and gradually pulling the seed coat and the delicate shoot tip above the soil surface. Germination of eudicot seeds is normally divided into two types, designated epigeous and hypogeous. In epigeous germination, the cotyledons emerge above the soil surface, and wither and drop off after their food stores have been used up; in hypogeous germination, the cotyledons remain below the surface and decompose after their food stores have been used up. In most monocots, food is stored in the seed's endosperm (rather than the cotyledon), and it is the single tubular cotyledon that elongates and draws the seed coat out of the soil. The cotyledon conducts photosynthesis, making more food, while the shoot grows up inside the tube.