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English noun: germ

1. germ (cognition) anything that provides inspiration for later work

Synonymsseed, source

Broader (hypernym)inspiration

Narrower (hyponym)muse, taproot

2. germ (body) a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism

Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

3. germ (animal) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

Synonymsbug, microbe

Broader (hypernym)micro-organism, microorganism

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