germen

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin germen(germ, seed).

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germen ‎(plural germens)

  1. The basic form of an organism; the seed or germ

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁mn̥(offspring”, “seed), from the root *ǵenh₁-(to beget”, “to give birth).[1] Equivalent to gignō(I beget) +‎ -men(noun-forming suffix). Confer with genimen.

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Noun[edit]

germen n ‎(genitive germinis); third declension

  1. shoot, sprout, bud
  2. germ, seed, origin
  3. embryo, fetus

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative germen germina
genitive germinis germinum
dative germinī germinibus
accusative germen germina
ablative germine germinibus
vocative germen germina

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “gens”; in: Jacqueline Picoche, Jean-Claude Rolland, Dictionnaire étymologique du français, Paris 2009, Dictionnaires Le Robert, ISBN 978-2-84902-424-9

Romanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin germen.

Noun[edit]

germen m ‎(plural germeni)

  1. embryo
  2. (biology) seed, germ (small mass of cells from which an organism grows)
  3. germ
  4. principle, element, component

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin germen(germ, seed).

Noun[edit]

germen m ‎(plural gérmenes)

  1. germen
  2. microbe, microorganism