germ ( germs plural )
1 n-count A germ is a very small organism that causes disease.
Chlorine is widely used to kill germs., ...a germ that destroyed hundreds of millions of lives.
2 n-sing The germ of something such as an idea is something which developed or might develop into that thing.
N of n
The germ of an idea took root in Rosemary's mind...
Germ warfare is the use of germs in a war in order to cause disease in enemy troops, or to destroy crops that they might use as food. n-uncount
...an international treaty banning germ warfare.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 bacterium, bug (informal) microbe, microorganism, virus
2 beginning, bud, cause, embryo, origin, root, rudiment, seed, source, spark
3 bud, egg, embryo, nucleus, ovule, ovum, seed, spore, sprout
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