Meaning of germinal

ger•mi•nal

Pronunciation: (jûr'mu-nl), [key]
— adj.
  1. being in the earliest stage of development: germinal ideas.
  2. of or pertaining to a germ or germs.
  3. of the nature of a germ or germ cell.

Ger•mi•nal

Pronunciation: (jûr'mu-nl Fr. zher-mē-nal'), [key]
— n.
  1. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the seventh month of the year, extending from March 21 to April 19.
  2. (italics) a novel (1884) by Émile Zola.
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