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anlage (n.)

"basis of a later development" (plural anlagen), 1892, from German anlage "foundation, basis," from anlagen (v.) "to establish," from an "on" (see on (prep.)) + legen "to lay" (from PIE root *legh- "to lie down, lay").

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Definitions of anlage

anlage (n.)
an organ in its earliest stage of development; the foundation for subsequent development;
Synonyms: primordium
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