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  • n  anything that provides inspiration for later work
  • n  a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
  • n  a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

  • The Jumna River at Agra, India, abounds with cholera germs.
  • No, I'm waging my own secret, illogical germ warfare because that way, when the end comes and it's just me and Mandel against the Killer Germ, he'll have to have me as a guest on .
  • They made no investigations at points where germ bombs were alleged to have been dropped; when they asked to go to such places, the Chinese and North Koreans fobbed them off with .
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  • James Madison in The Jackson Citizen Patriot -
    He wrote "Of all the enemies to public liberty, War is, prehaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. As the parent of armies, war encourages debt and taxes, the known instruments for bringing the many...
  • Thomas Jefferson in WorldNetDaily
    Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition,Thomas Jefferson wrote in his 1787 "Notes on the State of Virginia."
  • Colin Meloy in MarketWatch (press release)
    The germ of this series goes back a long way,Meloy said. "For me, this is the culmination of a long-term collaboration with Carson, matching words and art. I grew up on a steady diet of Lloyd Alexander, Roald Dahl, and Tolkien; this is our...

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