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Definition 1: a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for germ in the sense of this definition

(germ is a kind of ...) any organism of microscopic size

Definition 2: a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism - [noun denoting body]

(germ is a kind of ...) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement

"he has good bone structure"

Definition 3: anything that provides inspiration for later work - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for germ in the sense of this definition

(germ is a kind of ...) arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

(... is a kind of germ ) something that provides an important central source for growth or development

"the taproot of his resentment" "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"

(... is a kind of germ ) the source of an artist's inspiration

"Euterpe was his muse"

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