germ

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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.
  3. The origin of an idea or project.
    the germ of civil liberty
  4. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To germinate
  2. (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

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Kurdish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Indo-European *gʷʰer-, cognate with English warm

Adjective[edit]

germ (comparative germtir, superlative germtirîn)

  1. warm

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