seedbed

[ seed-bed ]
/ ˈsidˌbɛd /

noun

land prepared for seeding.
a plot of ground for seedlings.
a place of development; source.

Origin of seedbed

First recorded in 1650–60; seed + bed
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seedbed
/ (ˈsiːdˌbɛd) /

noun

a plot of land in which seeds or seedlings are grown before being transplanted
the place where something developsthe seedbed of discontent
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