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  • adj. That germinates
  • n. A germinating plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sprouting; sending forth germs or buds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Germinating; sprouting; beginning to grow; growing; gradually developing.


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  • Cuius cruoris contactu fruges non germinant, acescunt musta, moriuntur herbae, amittunt arbores fetus, ferrum rubigo corripit, nigrescunt aera.

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • The boy had a head of germinant dreadlocks and a wary expression, like a dog's too often returned to his cage at the Battersea shelter after a walk.

    With No One as Witness

  • Author, with whom a thousand years are but as one day, and therefore are not fulfilled punctually at once, but have springing and germinant accomplishment throughout many ages, though the height or fulness of them may refer to some one age.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • We regard it, so far as there is truth in it, as one of those great germinant seed-thoughts, which at long intervals are dropped into the soil of the human mind; and though the mind of the age, in its first impulses of joy, may play wild gambols with it, it is destined in the end to mould and control the thinking of the civilized world.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 4, April, 1864

  • But the restrictions on individual licence which are due to respect for a known and friendly power allied to man, however trivial and absurd they may appear to us in their details, contain within them germinant principles of social progress and moral order.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • She began to feel blindly that God was not alone the keeper of eternal Sabbaths, but the germinant heat at the heart of the world.

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • The sunlight does not fall upon it, and even dew and evening coolness scarcely reach it; but yet there is not a breath of air or a ray of sunshine, nor a drop of moisture to which it is responsive, and which does not stir all its germinant forces.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • Thus there was developed a germinant municipal feeling and organization.

    Outline of Universal History

  • Now, do you not see how, like some great star, trembling into the field of the telescope, and sending arrowy beams before it to announce its approach, the great central Christian truth is here dawning, germinant, prophesying its full rising?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Psalms

  • There is something altogether unique in the incorruption and germinant power of all His deeds and of all His words.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. John Chapters I to XIV


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