from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.
- adj. Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development: a seminal idea in the creation of a new theory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to seed or semen.
- adj. Creative or having the power to originate.
- adj. Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research.
- n. A seed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, seed or semen.
- adj. Contained in seed.
- adj. Holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; serving as a source, or first principle; giving rise to related ideas or results; germinal; radical; primary; original
- n. A seed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to seed or semen or the elements of reproduction.
- 2. Containing the seed or elements of reproduction; germinal: as, seminal principles.
- Rudimentary; original; primary.
- n. A seed; a seminal or rudimentary element.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. containing seeds of later development
- adj. pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēminālis, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see semen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sēminālis. (Wiktionary)