What is seed?

  • (noun): Anything that provides inspiration for later work.
    Synonyms: source, germ
    See also — Additional definitions below


A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. It is the product of the ripened ovule of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth within the mother plant. The formation of the seed completes the process of reproduction in seed plants (started with the development of flowers and pollination), with the embryo developed from the zygote and the seed coat from the integuments of the ovule. All seeds are different size, shape and colour.

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Seed Records
... The oldest viable carbon-14-dated seed that has grown into a plant was a Judean date palm seed about 2,000 years old, recovered from excavations at Herod the Great's ... was achieved using fruit tissue, not seed.) The largest seed is produced by the coco de mer, or "double coconut palm", Lodoicea maldivica ... entire fruit may weigh up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) and usually contains a single seed ...
2008 US Open (darts) - North American Darts Championship
... first night the main shock was the defeat of World Champion and number one seed John Part, who was beaten by Buddy Lessig in the third round ... The number two seed, Gerry Convery, also lost in the second round to Paul Lim ... Leading American and third seed Ray Carver was defeated in the fifth round by Brad Wethington and John Kuczynski was beaten in the quarters by Brian Blake ...
Seed Money
... Seed money, sometimes known as seed funding, is a form of securities offering in which an investor purchases part of a business ... The term seed suggests that this is an early investment, meant to support the business until it can generate cash of its own, or until it is ready for further investments ... Seed money options include friends and family funding, angel funding and -- recently -- crowd funding ...
Gouldian Finch - Behaviour - Feeding
... other finches, the Gouldian Finch is a seed eater ... feed mostly on ripe or half-ripe grass seeds of sorghum ... they forage on the ground for fallen seed ...
Alison Williamson - 2008 Summer Olympics
... This gave her the 7th seed for the final competition bracket in which she faced Wei Pi-Hsiu in the first round, beating the archer from Chinese Taipei with 108-99 ... In the second round she was surprised by 26th seed Khatuna Lorig from the United States who won the confrontation with 112-109 ... second position after the ranking round, which gave them a straight seed into the quarter finals ...

More definitions of "seed":

  • (verb): Distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds.
  • (verb): Bear seeds.
  • (noun): One of the outstanding players in a tournament.
    Synonyms: seeded player
  • (noun): A small hard fruit.
  • (verb): Remove the seeds from.
    Example: "Seed grapes"
  • (verb): Go to seed; shed seeds.
    Example: "The dandelions went to seed"
  • (verb): Inoculate with microorganisms.
  • (noun): A mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa.
  • (verb): Sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain.
    Example: "Seed clouds"
  • (verb): Help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money.
  • (verb): Place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth.
    Synonyms: sow, sough

Famous quotes containing the word seed:

    The first month of his absence
    I was numb and sick
    And where he’d left his promise
    Life did not turn or kick.
    The seed, the seed of love was sick.
    Alun Lewis (1915–1944)

    On the whole, my respect for my fellow-men, except as one may outweigh a million, is not being increased these days.... Such do not know that like the seed is the fruit, and that, in the moral world, when good seed is planted, good fruit is inevitable, and does not depend on our watering and cultivating; that when you plant, or bury, a hero in his field, a crop of heroes is sure to spring up. This is a seed of such force and vitality, that it does not ask our leave to germinate.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    In this broad earth of ours,
    Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
    Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
    Nestles the seed perfection.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)