Definitions for: Seminal


[adj] containing seeds of later development; "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"
[adj] pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen; "seminal fluid"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sem"i*nal, a. [L. seminalis, fr. semen, seminis, seed,
akin to serere to sow: cf. F. seminal. See Sow to scatter
seed.]
1. Pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, seed or
semen; as, the seminal fluid.

2. Contained in seed; holding the relation of seed, source,
or first principle; holding the first place in a series of
developed results or consequents; germinal; radical;
primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation;
seminal virtue.

The idea of God is, beyond all question or
comparison, the one great seminal principle. --Hare.

Seminal leaf (Bot.), a seed leaf, or cotyleden.

Seminal receptacle. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Spermatheca.


Sem"i*nal, n.
A seed. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

Synonyms: germinal, original, originative

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