germination

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germination (countable and uncountable, plural germinations)

  1. The process of germinating; the beginning of vegetation or growth from a seed or spore; the first development of germs, either animal or vegetable.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 5:
      Both groups, also, have already evolved precocious (intracapsular) spore germination.

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