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Definition of Germ

Germ

  1. That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under which an organism appears.
  2. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; as, the germ of civil liberty.
  3. To germinate.
  4. The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the somatic cells, or soma. Germ is often used in place of germinal to form phrases; as, germ area, germ disc, germ membrane, germ nucleus, germ sac, etc.

Germ Quotations

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
John Steinbeck

If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.
Ernestine Rose

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Oscar Wilde

For an Apple is in it self a little Universe; the Seed, hotter than the other parts thereof, is its Sun, which diffuses about it self that natural Heat which preserves its Globe: And in the Onion, the Germ is the little Sun of that little World, which vivifies and nourishes the vegetative Salt of that little mass.
Cyrano de Bergerac

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson
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Germ Translations

germ in Dutch is microbe
germ in Finnish is itu
germ in French is microbg, germe, microbe, semence
germ in German is Keim, keimen
germ in Italian is germe, microbo
germ in Norwegian is spire, bakterie
germ in Portuguese is germe
germ in Spanish is germen
germ in Swedish is brodd, bakterie, grodd