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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Seed  \Seed\,  n.;  pl  {Seed}  or  {Seeds}.  [OE.  seed,  sed,  AS  s?d, 
  fr  s[=a]wan  to  sow;  akin  to  D.  zaad  seed,  G.  saat,  Icel. 
  s[=a]?,  s??i,  Goth.  manas?ps  seed  of  men.  world.  See  {Sow}  to 
  scatter  seed,  and  cf  {Colza}.] 
  1.  (Bot.) 
  a  A  ripened  ovule,  consisting  of  an  embryo  with  one  or 
  more  integuments,  or  coverings;  as  an  apple  seed;  a 
  currant  seed.  By  germination  it  produces  a  new  plant. 
  b  Any  small  seedlike  fruit,  though  it  may  consist  of  a 
  pericarp,  or  even  a  calyx,  as  well  as  the  seed  proper; 
  as  parsnip  seed;  thistle  seed. 
  And  God  said  Let  the  earth  bring  forth  grass, 
  the  herb  yielding  seed,  and  the  fruit  tree 
  yielding  fruit  after  his  kind  whose  seed  is  in 
  itself  --Gen.  i.  11. 
  Note:  The  seed  proper  has  an  outer  and  an  inner  coat,  and 
  within  these  the  kernel  or  nucleus.  The  kernel  is 
  either  the  embryo  alone,  or  the  embryo  inclosed  in  the 
  albumen,  which  is  the  material  for  the  nourishment  of 
  the  developing  embryo.  The  scar  on  a  seed,  left  where 
  the  stem  parted  from  it  is  called  the  hilum,  and  the 
  closed  orifice  of  the  ovule,  the  micropyle. 
  2.  (Physiol.)  The  generative  fluid  of  the  male;  semen;  sperm; 
  --  not  used  in  the  plural. 
  3.  That  from  which  anything  springs;  first  principle; 
  original;  source;  as  the  seeds  of  virtue  or  vice. 
  4.  The  principle  of  production. 
  Praise  of  great  acts  he  scatters  as  a  seed,  Which 
  may  the  like  in  coming  ages  breed.  --Waller. 
  5.  Progeny;  offspring;  children;  descendants;  as  the  seed  of 
  Abraham;  the  seed  of  David. 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  word  is  applied  to  one  person,  or  to 
  any  number  collectively,  and  admits  of  the  plural  form 
  though  rarely  used  in  the  plural. 
  6.  Race;  generation;  birth. 
  Of  mortal  seed  they  were  not  held.  --Waller. 
  {Seed  bag}  (Artesian  well),  a  packing  to  prevent  percolation 
  of  water  down  the  bore  hole.  It  consists  of  a  bag 
  encircling  the  tubing  and  filled  with  flax  seed,  which 
  swells  when  wet  and  fills  the  space  between  the  tubing  and 
  the  sides  of  the  hole. 
  {Seed  bud}  (Bot.),  the  germ  or  rudiment  of  the  plant  in  the 
  embryo  state;  the  ovule. 
  {Seed  coat}  (Bot.),  the  covering  of  a  seed. 
  {Seed  corn},  or  {Seed  grain}  (Bot.),  corn  or  grain  for  seed. 
  {Seed  down}  (Bot.),  the  soft  hairs  on  certain  seeds,  as 
  cotton  seed. 
  {Seed  drill}.  See  6th  {Drill},  2 
  a  . 
  {Seed  eater}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  finch  of  the  genera 
  {Sporophila},  and  {Crithagra}.  They  feed  mainly  on  seeds. 
  {Seed  gall}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  gall  which  resembles  a  seed, 
  formed,  on  the  leaves  of  various  plants,  usually  by  some 
  species  of  Phylloxera. 
  {Seed  leaf}  (Bot.),  a  cotyledon. 
  {Seed  lobe}  (Bot.),  a  cotyledon;  a  seed  leaf. 
  {Seed  oil},  oil  expressed  from  the  seeds  of  plants. 
  {Seed  oyster},  a  young  oyster,  especially  when  of  a  size 
  suitable  for  transplantation  to  a  new  locality. 
  {Seed  pearl},  a  small  pearl  of  little  value. 
  {Seed  plat},  or  {Seed  plot},  the  ground  on  which  seeds  are 
  sown,  to  produce  plants  for  transplanting;  a  nursery. 
  {Seed  stalk}  (Bot.),  the  stalk  of  an  ovule  or  seed;  a 
  {Seed  tick}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  several  species  of  ticks 
  resembling  seeds  in  form  and  color. 
  {Seed  vessel}  (Bot.),  that  part  of  a  plant  which  contains  the 
  seeds;  a  pericarp. 
  {Seed  weevil}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  numerous  small  weevels, 
  especially  those  of  the  genus  {Apion},  which  live  in  the 
  seeds  of  various  plants. 
  {Seed  wool},  cotton  wool  not  yet  cleansed  of  its  seeds. 
  [Southern  U.S.] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ramtil  \Ram"til\,  n.  [Bengali  ram-til.] 
  A  tropical  African  asteraceous  shrub  ({Guizotia  abyssinica}) 
  cultivated  for  its  seeds  (called 
  {ramtil,  or  niger}, 
  {seeds})  which  yield  a  valuable  oil  used  for  food  and  as  an 

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