seed bed

seedbed

[seed-bed]
noun
1.
land prepared for seeding.
2.
a plot of ground for seedlings.
3.
a place of development; source.

Origin:
1650–60; seed + bed

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seedbed (ˈsiːdˌbɛd)
 
n
1.  a plot of land in which seeds or seedlings are grown before being transplanted
2.  the place where something develops: the seedbed of discontent

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