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n. pl. gem·mae (jĕm′ē′) Botany
An asexual budlike propagule capable of developing into a new individual, as in liverworts.
n, pl -mae (-miː)
1. (Botany) a small asexual reproductive structure in liverworts, mosses, etc, that becomes detached from the parent and develops into a new individual
2. (Zoology) zoology another name for gemmule1
[C18: from Latin: bud, gem]
n., pl. gem•mae (ˈdʒɛm i)
any budlike structure or outgrowth that can separate from the parent to form a new identical individual.
[1760–70; < Latin: bud, gem]
A bud-like outgrowth on certain organisms, such as the liverworts and mosses, that separates from the parent organism and develops into a new individual.