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germinal (adj.)

"in the early stages of development," 1808, from Modern Latin germinalis "in the germ," from Latin germen (genitive germinis) "a sprout, bud, sprig, offshoot" (see germ).

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Definitions of germinal from WordNet
1
germinal (adj.)
containing seeds of later development;
Synonyms: originative / seminal
2
Germinal (n.)
seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds;
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