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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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