seed + time
Compare Old Icelandic sáðtími. Compare also German Saatzeit "season for sowing seed" (15th cent. as satzijt), Old Icelandic sáðtíð "April", lit. "seed time".
seedtime (countable and uncountable, plural seedtimes)
- The time to sow seeds.
1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
Seed time and Harvest, Heat and hoary Frost
Shall hold thir course
- (figuratively) A time for new development.
- ^ “seed time, n.”, in Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2018