German Baptists. See Dunker. German bit, a wood-boring tool, having a long elliptical pod
and a scew point. German carp (Zoöl.), the crucian carp. German millet (Bot.), a kind of
millet whose seed is sometimes used for food. German paste, a prepared food for caged birds.
German process (Metal.), the process of reducing copper ore in a blast furnace, after roasting,
if necessary. Raymond. German sarsaparilla, a substitute for sarsaparilla extract. German
sausage, a polony, or gut stuffed with meat partly cooked. German silver (Chem.), a silver-white
alloy, hard and tough, but malleable and ductile, and quite permanent in the air. It contains nickel, copper,
and zinc in varying proportions, and was originally made from old copper slag at Henneberg. A small
amount of iron is sometimes added to make it whiter and harder. It is essentially identical with the Chinese
alloy packfong. It was formerly much used for tableware, knife handles, frames, cases, bearings of
machinery, etc., but is now largely superseded by other white alloys. German steel (Metal.), a
metal made from bog iron ore in a forge, with charcoal for fuel. German text (Typog.), a character
resembling modern German type, used in English printing for ornamental headings, etc., as in the words,
This line is German Text.
German tinder. See Amadou.
American germander, Teucrium Canadense. Germander chickweed, Veronica agrestis. Water
germander, Teucrium Scordium. Wood germander, Teucrium Scorodonia.
(Ger*man"der) n. [OE. germaunder, F. germandrée, It. calamandrea, L. chamaedrys, fr.
Gr. on the earth or ground + tree. See Humble, and Tree.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Teucrium
(esp. Teucrium Chamædrys or wall germander), mintlike herbs and low shrubs.
(Ger*mane") a. [See German akin, nearly related.] Literally, near akin; hence, closely allied; appropriate
or fitting; relevant.
The phrase would be more germane to the matter.Shak.
[An amendment] must be germane.Barclay
(Ger*man"ic) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or containing, germanium.
(Ger*man"ic), a. [L. Germanicus: cf. F. germanique. See German, n.]
1. Of or pertaining to Germany; as, the Germanic confederacy.
2. Teutonic. [A loose sense]
(Ger"man*ism) n. [Cf. F. germanisme.]
1. An idiom of the German language.
2. A characteristic of the Germans; a characteristic German mode, doctrine, etc.; rationalism. J. W.
(Ger*ma"ni*um) n. [NL., fr. L. Germania Germany.] (Chem.) A rare element, recently
discovered in a silver ore (argyrodite) at Freiberg. It is a brittle, silver-white metal, chemically intermediate
between the metals and nonmetals, resembles tin, and is in general identical with the predicted ekasilicon.
Symbol Ge. Atomic weight 72.3.
(Ger`man*i*za"tion) n. The act of Germanizing. M. Arnold.
(Ger"man*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Germanized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Germanizing ] To make
German, or like what is distinctively German; as, to Germanize a province, a language, a society.