- to begin to grow or develop.
- to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
- to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
- to come into existence; begin.
- to cause to develop; produce.
- to cause to come into existence; create.
Origin of germinate
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Examples from the Web for ungerminated
The first form is found in the cells of ungerminated seeds, in leaves, shoots, etc.The Chemistry of Plant Life
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
- to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
- to grow or cause to grow; develop
- to come or bring into existence; originatethe idea germinated with me
C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ
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Word Origin and History for ungerminated
c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.
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