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noun (n)

  • anything that provides inspiration for later work (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: seed, source
    source: wordnet30
  • a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use (noun.animal)
    Synonym: bug, microbe
    source: wordnet30
  • That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under which an organism appears. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the somatic cells, or soma. Germ is often used in place of germinal to form phrases; as, germ area, germ disc, germ membrane, germ nucleus, germ sac, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • To germinate. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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