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Main Entry: germ
Pronunciation: primarystressjschwarm
Function: noun
1 a : a small mass of living substance capable of developing into a whole individual or one of its parts b : the embryo in the seed of a cereal (as corn or wheat) together with its cotyledon that is usually separated from the starchy part of the seed during milling
2 : something that serves as an origin <the germ of an idea>
3 : a microscopic living thing; especially : one that causes disease


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