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germination (n.)

mid-15c., from Latin germinationem (nominative germinatio) "a sprouting forth, budding," noun of action from past-participle stem of germinare "to sprout, put forth shoots," from germen (genitive germinis) "a sprout or bud" (see germ).

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Definitions of germination from WordNet

germination (n.)
the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow;
Synonyms: sprouting
germination (n.)
the origin of some development;
the germination of their discontent
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