n. bacteria; earliest form of an organism; seed
He finds that his diet of wheat germ and organic honey isn't nutritious at all.
Sentence in Classic:
For to effect a gradual reform requires a sagacious man who can discern mischief while it is still remote and in the germ.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
He felt what the earth may possibly feel, at the moment when it is torn open with the iron, in order that grain may be deposited within it; it feels only the wound; the quiver of the germ and the joy of the fruit only arrive later.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context
By thy first step awry, thou didst plant the germ of evil; but since that moment it has all been a dark necessity.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Context
To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body.
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
But not to speak of the fact that nothing prevented him from advancing into those southern provinces (for the Russian army did not bar his way), the historians forget that nothing could have saved his army, for then already it bore within itself the germs of inevitable ruin.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy Context
We articled clerks, as germs of the patrician order of proctors, were treated with so much consideration, that I was almost my own master at all times.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context