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A microorganism, especially one which causes disease
“Over 40 different strains of the Legionella germ have now been discovered.”
An initial stage from which something may develop
“In his latest show, for example, he has developed the simple germ of an idea into a half-hour routine on his annoyance at having people to stay.”
The embryo in a cereal grain or other plant seed
“After the husk is removed, the rice is milled to remove the bran and the germ or embryo.”
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