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1. germ

noun. ['ˈdʒɝːm'] anything that provides inspiration for later work.

Synonyms

  • seed
  • source
  • inspiration
  • muse

Etymology

  • germe (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • germen (Latin)

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Rhymes with Germ

  • reconfirm
  • reaffirm
  • long-term
  • confirm
  • squirm
  • infirm
  • sturm
  • sperm
  • affirm
  • wurm
  • worm
  • thurm
  • therm
  • term
  • schirm
  • hurm
  • herm
  • firm
  • ferm
  • berm

Sentences with germ


1. Noun, plural
Good food sources of vitamin E include wheat germ, asparagus, seeds and corn.

2. Noun, singular or mass
The little bit of fat that wheat berries contain is in the germ of the seed.

Quotes about germ


1. Art has a double visage: it looks before and after. Romance is its forward-looking face. The germ of growth is in romanticism. Formalism, on the other hand, consolidates tradition; gleans what has been gained and makes it facile to the hand or the mind; economizes the energy of genius.
- George Edward Woodberry

2. germ

noun. ['ˈdʒɝːm'] a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism.

Synonyms

  • structure
  • complex body part
  • body structure
  • bodily structure

Etymology

  • germe (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • germen (Latin)

3. germ

noun. ['ˈdʒɝːm'] a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use.

Synonyms

  • micro-organism
  • microbe
  • bug

Antonyms

  • natural object

Etymology

  • germe (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • germen (Latin)
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