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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /d͡ʒɜːm/
- (General American) enPR: jûrm, IPA(key): /d͡ʒɝm/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
germ (plural germs)
- (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud, spore, or zygote.
- The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
- (biology) The small mass of cells from which a part of an organism develops, or a macroscopic but immature form of that part; a bud.
- A pathogen: a pathogenic microorganism, such as a bacterium or virus.
- 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.'
- (figurative) The origin or earliest version of an idea or project.
- the germ of civil liberty
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part I, 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.
- (mathematics) An equivalence class that includes a specified function defined in an open neighborhood.
terms derived from germ (noun)
mass of cells
embryo of a seed
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- To germinate.
- 1909, Thomas Hardy, The Flirt's Tragedy:
- Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
- (slang) To grow, as if parasitic.
- “germ”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “germ”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- Rhymes: -ɛɾm