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[ih-mur-juh ns]
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  1. the act or process of emerging.
  2. an outgrowth, as a prickle, on the surface of a plant.
  3. Evolution. the appearance of new properties or species in the course of development or evolution.
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Origin of emergence

1640–50; < French < Medieval Latin; see emergency
Related formsnon·e·mer·gence, nounre·e·mer·gence, noun
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  1. the act or process of emerging
  2. an outgrowth, such as a prickle, that contains no vascular tissue and does not develop into stem, leaf, etc
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Word Origin and History for emergence


1640s, "unforeseen occurrence," from French émergence, from emerger, from Latin emergere (see emerge). Meaning "an emerging" is from 1704.

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