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gem·ma

 (jĕm′ə)
n. pl. gem·mae (jĕm′ē′) Botany
An asexual budlike propagule capable of developing into a new individual, as in liverworts.

[Latin, bud; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.]

gemma

(ˈdʒɛmə)
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]
gemmaceous adj

gem•ma

(ˈdʒɛm ə)

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]

gem·ma

(jĕm′ə)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gemma - small asexual reproductive structure in e.g. liverworts and mosses that detaches from the parent and develops into a new individualgemma - small asexual reproductive structure in e.g. liverworts and mosses that detaches from the parent and develops into a new individual
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
References in classic literature ?
It rolls away from its source with so inconsiderable a current, that it appears unlikely to escape being dried up by the hot season, but soon receiving an increase from the Gemma, the Keltu, the Bransu, and other less rivers, it is of such a breadth in the plain of Boad, which is not above three days' journey from its source, that a ball shot from a musket will scarce fly from one bank to the other.
m., a tall, white-haired gentleman strolled into the Cameron Forbes room wearing a white suit with a waistcoat he looked around, smiled wryly at the guests as Gemma led him to the podium.
Unlike the Indian meal Gemma enjoyed with her TV boyfriend Arg, it was woefully thin on content and spice.
Gemma and her partner, dancer Gorka Marquez, welcomed their first child into the world two weeks ago, on Thursday, July 4.
Gemma has lost an estimated three stone, afterbeginning her fitness journeywith Dancing on Ice at the start of the year.
Gemma, also 38, who suffered a spectacular fall on the show's fourth live show, was on thin ice again this week.
Kate and Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio helped raise PS300,000 for Gemma to have therapy in Germany.
At the time of the voluntary liquidation last July, Gemma, 37, announced she was moving her Gemma Collins Boutique from Brentwood High Street because the homeless problem had taken away the "fun vibe".
In the summer of 2011, Gemma and her husband Eddy were expecting the birth of their first child.