• WordNet 3.6
    • n gemmation asexual reproduction in which a local growth on the surface or in the body of the parent becomes a separate individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gemmation (Bot) The arrangement of buds on the stalk; also, of leaves in the bud.
    • Gemmation (Biol) The formation of a new individual, either animal or vegetable, by a process of budding; an asexual method of reproduction; gemmulation; gemmiparity. See Budding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gemmation In botany, the act of budding; also, the manner in which a young leaf is folded up in the bud before its unfolding.
    • n gemmation In zoology, the process of reproduction by buds; the formation of a new individual by the protrusion and complete or partial separation of a part of the parent; budding. Gemmation, when complete, is a kind of fission, but the part budded is commonly small in comparison with the size of the parent.
    • n gemmation Also called gemmulation.
    • n gemmation The arrangement or phyllotaxy of leaf-buds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gemmation jem-mā′shun (bot.) act or time of budding: arrangement of buds on the stalk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. gemmation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gemmāre, -ātum.


In literature:

The lichens have a very peculiar method of gemmation.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
Machinery Hall has illustrated, from its earliest days, the process of development by gemmation.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876." by Various
Gemmate -us: marked with metallic or bright colored spots.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Gemmation, reproduction by, 106, 107, 110, 111.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
FISSION and gemmation, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
This solitary cell became the parent of hundreds more, by the gemmative process which I have already described.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse