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germen , ĭnis, n. Sanscr. root grabh-, grah-, to conceive; garbh-as, child; whence, βρέφος (for γρέφος), germanus, perh. gremium,
I.a sprig, offshoot, sprout, bud (poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
I. Lit.: “huc aliena ex arbore germen Includunt,Verg. G. 2, 76: “serotino germine malus, tardissimo suber,Plin. 16, 25, 41, § 98; Vulg. Deut. 11, 17 et saep.—In plur.: “inque novos soles audent se germina tuto Credere,Verg. G. 2, 332; Plin. 18, 10, 21, § 94: “auctumni maturet germina Virgo,fruits, Claud. Laud. Stil. 2, 465: “impleratque uterum generoso germine,fœtus, embryo, Ov. M. 9, 280; so, “celsa Tonantis,” i. e. daughter, Claud. Rapt. Pros. 2, 76: “servile,Just. 18, 3 fin.; and of puppies, whelps, Nemes. Cyneg. 155.—
B. Transf.: “cara maris,” i. e. precious stones, Claud. Ep. ad Ser. 14: “frontis,” i. e. a horn, id. Rapt. Pros. 1, 129.—
II. Trop., a germ: “rabies unde illaec germina surgunt,Lucr. 4, 1083: “germen ab aethere trahere,origin, Prud. Cath. 10, 32: germine nobilis Eulalia, id. στεφ. 3, 1.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (7):
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 9.280
    • Vergil, Georgics, 2.332
    • Vergil, Georgics, 2.76
    • Old Testament, Deuteronomy, 11.17
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 4.1083
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 16.98
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 18.94
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