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.
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.