1. [ noun ] (botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium
Related terms: plant botany
2. [ adjective ] in an early stage of development
Synonyms: in_embryo embryotic embryonic

"the embryo government staffed by survivors of the massacre" "an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing" "an idea in embryo"

Related terms: early
3. [ noun ] (zoology,embryology) an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
Synonyms: fertilized_egg conceptus
Related terms: animal blastula gastrula morula umbilical_cord
Similar spelling:   Embry