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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Germane \Ger*mane"\, a. [See German akin, nearly related.] Literally, near akin; hence, closely allied; appropriate or fitting; relevant. [1913 Webster] The phrase would be more germane to the matter. --Shak. [1913 Webster] [An amendment] must be germane. --Barclay (Digest). [1913 Webster]