Word forms: seedbeds
1. countable noun A seedbed is an area of ground, usually with specially prepared earth, where young plants are grown from seed. 2. countable noun You can refer to a place or a situation as a seedbed when it seems likely that a particular type of thing or person will develop in that place or situation. [+ for/of] ⇒ TV is using radio as a seedbed for ideas. ⇒ My region is a seedbed of crime.
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