Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 19th century
In the earliest stages of development.
Relating to or of the nature of a germ cell or embryo.
Examples of Germinal in a sentence
"The project was in a germinal phase."
"Research and development is usually the germinal point of producing medicines."
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This word stems from the Latin “germen,” or “germin-” meaning “sprout, seed” plus “-al,” a suffix meaning “relating to; of the kind of.”
Did you Know?
“Germinal” is also the name of the seventh month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from March 21 to April 19, and it is the title of a novel by famous French author Émile Zola. “Germinal,” the story of a coal miners' strike in the 1860s, is considered one of the most important pieces of French literature.