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English definition of “seed corn”

seed corn

noun [U or S] (also seedcorn, seed-corn)    
something or someone that is important as the starting point for future development : seed corn for/of sth These small operations are the seed corn of what STP hopes will become large enterprises . a seedcorn business / company
UK →  seed noun
(Definition of seed corn noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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