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the source from which something grows or develops this hastily scribbled equation on a cocktail napkin became the germ of a new scientific theory

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“Germ.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/germ. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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