from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Corn or grain used as seed for a new crop; hence, that from which anything springs.


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  • Most of the women and children wore tattered clothes, had poor teeth, and seemed very poor and uneducated -- but they would be poorer still if the U.S. weren't creating a market for this marvelous, quick-cooking seed-grain, a complete source of protein.

    Lorna Sass: The Hidden Cost of Being 100% Locavore 2009

  • Here they had hewed timber, made mud-bricks, planted their vine-slips and their seed-grain, bred from the few cattle they had managed to bring; all the time fighting off the Thracian tribesmen, who thought it unmanly to grow what they could steal.

    The Praise Singer Renault, Mary 1978

  • "Yes," said Ben; "I saw a man from Lot Ten last week, and he said that the French were eating their seed-grain, and feeding their cattle, or such as were left alive, on birch and beech tops."

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields Charles W. Hall

  • For between them I gathered the seed-grain of many harvests of delight; through this low archway I first looked upon the immeasurable beauty of words ....

    A Handbook for Latin Clubs Susan Paxson

  • The seeds of these weeds were carried in seed-grain, fodder for animals, and also in the hay and straw used by the immigrants as packing for their household goods.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario. Ministry of Education

  • Some soul may have carried away a seed-grain of thought.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 Maud Howe Elliott 1915

  • One of my earliest recollections of my father is seeing him, when I was a child of three or four, striding across the middle side-hill lot with a bag slung across his breast, scattering the seed-grain.

    Our Friend John Burroughs Barrus, Clara, 1864-1931 1914

  • All the seed, the best seed-grain, I am going to buy at Roberval, settling for it on the spot ...

    Maria Chapdelaine; a Tale of the Lake St. John country 1913

  • The women were alone in the house with Tit'Bé and the children, the father having gone for seed-grain to Honfleur whence he would only return on the morrow.

    Maria Chapdelaine; a Tale of the Lake St. John country 1913

  • "When we haven't help, and we're short of seed-grain, and we can't even get a gang-plow on credit?"

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer 1912


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