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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

German \Ger"man\, a. [L. Germanus. See German, n.]
   Of or pertaining to Germany.
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   German Baptists. See Dunker.

   German bit, a wood-boring tool, having a long elliptical
      pod and a scew point.

   German carp (Zool.), the crucian carp.

   German millet (Bot.), a kind of millet (Setaria Italica,
      var.), 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      proportions, and was originally made from old copper slag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      of machinery, etc., but is now largely superseded by other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,
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   Note: This line is German Text.

   German tinder. See Amadou.
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