Botanical Nerd Word: Quiescent

Close-up of squash seeds

Quiescent: In a state or condition of quietness; motionless; inactive; dormant.*

Seeds in storage are said to be quiescent. They are purposely kept dry and cool to prevent them from germinating. When the seeds are given the right environmental conditions – water and warmth – they break dormancy and start to germinate.

*”quiescent, adj. and n.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, January 2018, Accessed 9 February 2018.