n. pl. sem·i·nar·ies
a. A school, especially a theological school for the training of clergy.
b. A school of higher education, especially a private school for young women in the 1800s.
2. A place or environment in which something is developed or nurtured.
[Middle English, seed plot, from Latin sēminārium, from sēminārius, of seed, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see sē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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