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embryonic
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Definition
of an organism in the early stages of development prior to birth, hatching, or sprouting (i.e., of an embryo)

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of anything in an early stage of development
  • Mrs. Almond lived much farther up town, in an embryonic street with a high number—a region where the extension of the city began to assume a theoretic air, where poplars grew beside the pavement (when there was one), and mingled their shade with the steep roofs of desultory Dutch houses, and where pigs and chickens disported themselves in the gutter.
    Chapter 3 (74% in)

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