germ (plural germs)
- (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
- A pathogenic microorganism.
- The origin of an idea or project.
- the germ of civil liberty
- The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
terms derived from germ (noun)
mass of cells
embryo of a seed
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germ (third-person singular simple present germs, present participle germing, simple past and past participle germed)
- To germinate
- (slang) to grow, as if parasitic
- "I’m addicted, want to germ inside your love" - Just Can't Get Enough by the Black Eyed Peas
- germ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- germ in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Indo-European *gʷʰer-, cognate with English warm