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Part of speech: noun

The earliest stage of an organism; bud; embryo; primary source.

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Usage examples "germ":

  1. But within this minor peril lies the germ of a major peril. - "Mushrooms on the Moor", Frank Boreham.
  2. The 10th of the month being fine and promising, I pressed the eye or germ side of the beans into the soil and covered them only one inch deep. - "Driven Back to Eden", E. P. Roe.
  3. The germ of it at any rate lay in him, as in her. - "The Promise of Air", Algernon Blackwood.