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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development: was active in the germinal stages of the space program.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining or belonging to a germ.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to something very small, as small as a germ; pertaining to the essence of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining or belonging to a germ.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the germ, or germ cells, as distinguished from the somatic cells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or constituting a germ; of the nature of a germ or of germination; germinative: as, germinal; vesicles; germinal ideas or principles.
  • n. The seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar. It commenced (in 1794) March 21st and ended April 19th.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing seeds of later development
  • n. seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds

Etymologies

French, from Latin germen, germin-, sprout,bud; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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