1. em- "in" + bryein "swell, grow, be full" => embryon + -ic => embryonic.
2. Greek embryon "a young one," in Homer, "young animal," later, "fruit of the womb," literally "something that grows inside the body".
3. The idea underlying embryo is of "growing inside the body".
- embryonic (adj.)
- 1819, from medical Latin embryonem (see embryo) + -ic. Figurative use is from 1856. Earlier adjectives were embryonal (1650s), embryonate (1690s). Related: Embryonically.
- 1. The plan, as yet, only exists in embryonic form.
- 2. It is still in an embryonic stage.
- 3. Embryonic development seems to be controlled principally by a very small number of master genes.
- 4. The plan, as yet, only exists in embryonic form.
- 5. Mrs Almond lived much farther up town, in an embryonic street.
- 埃尔蒙德太太的家还要继续往北, 在一处刚刚开始形成的街上.
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