What does the word germ mean?

Usage examples for germ

  1. But within this minor peril lies the germ of a major peril. – Mushrooms on the Moor by 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 by E. P. Roe
  3. The germ of it at any rate lay in him, as in her. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood