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Meaning of GERMINAL

Pronunciation:  'jurmunl, 'jurmunl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds
  2. [adj]  containing seeds of later development; "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"
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 Synonyms: original, originative, seminal
 See Also: Revolutionary calendar, Revolutionary calendar month



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ger"mi*nal\, a. [See {Germ}.]
    Pertaining or belonging to a germ; as, the germinal vesicle.
    {Germinal layers} (Biol.), the two layers of cells, the
       ectoblast and entoblast, which form respectively the outer
       covering and inner wall of the gastrula. A third layer of
       cells, the mesoblast, which is formed later and lies
       between these two, is sometimes included.
    {Germinal membrane}. (Biol.) Same as {Blastoderm}.
    {Germinal spot} (Biol.), the nucleolus of the ovum.
    {Germinal vesicle}, (Biol.), the nucleus of the ovum of
  2. \Ger`mi*nal"\, n. [F. See {Germ} .]
    The seventh month of the French republican calendar [1792 --
    1806]. It began March 21 and ended April 19. See
  3. \Ger"mi*nal\, a. (Biol.)
    Of or pertaining to the germ, or germ cells, as distinguished
    from the somatic cells.
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