Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

The germ or rudimentary form of anything, as of an animal or plant.

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Usage examples "embryo":

  1. Notwithstanding, for the good of my Native Countrey, which everyone is obliged to serve upon all occasions of advantage and in pitty to such Mistakers, I have painfully endeavoured plainly to demonstrate the way of attaining this necessary Art, and the usefulnesse of it, in hopes that this Embryo thrown thus into the wide world, will fall into the Lap of some worthy persons that will cherish it, though I knew not any to whose protection I might commend it. - "The Old English Herbals", Eleanour Sinclair Rohde.
  2. According to that view the embryo lay curled up in the egg; at the outset it was equipped with organs, limbs, features, and all the other bodily structures found in an adult. - "The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy", J. Morris Slemons.
  3. I have resolved to give up all extra and needless effort of the brain, until I can really get rid of certain morbid symptoms, quite chronic, which distress me, so that my projected Latin analysis lies in embryo. - "Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman", Giberne Sieveking.