- a doubling; duplication; repetition.
- Phonetics. the doubling of a consonantal sound.
- Rhetoric. the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, etc., for rhetorical effect.
Origin of gemination
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An important generic character consists in the gemination of the cell at each bifurcation.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
No wonder if St. John proposed them in this gemination to our second thoughts.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John
Some roots are reduplicated wholly or in part with a frequentative meaning, and there are traces of gemination of radicals.
- the act or state of being doubled or paired
- the doubling of a consonant
- the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, or clause for rhetorical effect
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Word Origin and History for gemination
1590s, from Latin geminationem (nominative geminatio) "a doubling," from past participle stem of geminare (see geminate).
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- Embryologic partial division of a primordium, as of a single tooth germ forming two teeth.
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