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germen m. (Noun) "germ"

18th cent. learned borrowing from Latin germen "seed," "offspring." From Proto-Italic *germen 'id.' From Proto-Indo-Europen *ǵenh1-mn̥ 'id.' From *ǵenh1- "to create." See also gente, género.

Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Portuguese germe, French germe, Italian germe; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Romanian germen