See also: Germ, germ., and Germ.

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French germe, from Latin germen (bud, seed, embryo). Doublet of germen.

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NounEdit

germ (plural germs)

  1. (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
  2. A pathogenic microorganism.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Stolen Bacillus:
      'This again,' said the Bacteriologist, slipping a glass slide under the microscope, 'is a preparation of the celebrated Bacillus of cholera - the cholera germ.'
  3. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
  4. (figuratively) The origin of an idea or project.
    the germ of civil liberty
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 194:
      What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth? - the dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires.
  5. (mathematics) An equivalence class that includes a specified function defined in an open neighborhood.

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VerbEdit

germ (third-person singular simple present germs, present participle germing, simple past and past participle germed)

  1. To germinate.
    • 1909, Thomas Hardy, The Flirt's Tragedy
      Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
  2. (slang) To grow, as if parasitic.

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Northern KurdishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Iranian *garmáh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *gʰarmás, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰor-mó-s. Cognate with Persian گرم(garm) and English warm.

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AdjectiveEdit

germ (comparative germtir, superlative germtirîn)

  1. warm

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ZazakiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Iranian *garmáh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *gʰarmás, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰor-mó-s. Cognate with Persian گرم(garm) and English warm.

AdjectiveEdit

germ

  1. warm

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