how to pronounce germ


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germ is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of germ in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… to be this germ alone mimosa and …”

meanings of germ


  1. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
  2. The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
  3. The origin of an idea or project.
  4. A pathogenic microorganism.
  5. A German person.
  6. An equivalence class that includes a specified function defined in an open neighborhood.


  1. To grow, as if parasitic.
  2. To germinate.

germ frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word germ occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics germ can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that germ can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to germ


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