seminal

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(SEM-uh-nuhl) 

 

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Highly original and proving influential on later work.
2. Of or relating to semen or seed.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin semen (seed). Ultimately from the Indo-European root se- (to sow) which also gave us seed, sow, season, seminary, and disseminate. Earliest documented use: 1398.

 

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