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germinative

[jur-muh-ney-tiv, -muh-nuh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. capable of germinating, developing, or creating; of or pertaining to germination.
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Origin of germinative

First recorded in 1700–10; germinate + -ive
Related formsger·mi·na·tive·ly, adverbnon·ger·mi·na·tive, adjectivere·ger·mi·na·tive, adjectivere·ger·mi·na·tive·ly, adverbun·ger·mi·na·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • One hundred and five thousand are contained in an ounce, and they retain their germinative properties three years.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America

    Fearing Burr

  • An ounce contains from nine hundred to eleven hundred seeds; and they retain their germinative properties from eight to ten years.

  • From ten to twelve thousand are contained in an ounce, and they retain their germinative properties five years.

  • About six hundred seeds, or pods, are contained in an ounce; and they retain their germinative powers three years.

  • The seeds are brown, exceedingly small, and retain their germinative properties three years.