EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural gem·mae . [ jem-ee] /ˈdʒɛm i/ a bud. . Botany a cell or cluster of cells, or a leaflike or budlike body, that separates from the parent plant to form a new organism, as in mosses and liverworts. Origin of gemma 1760–70;
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gemmae arise by the outgrowth of superficial cells, and become free by breaking away from their stalk.
gemmae formed on submerged Mucors may bud like a yeast, and even bring about alcoholic fermentation in a saccharine solution.
Erect branches may arise from the protonema, and
gemmae may be developed on it. British Dictionary definitions for gemmae noun plural -mae ( -miː) a small asexual reproductive structure in liverworts, mosses, etc, that becomes detached from the parent and develops into a new individual Derived Forms gemmaceous ( dʒɛˈmeɪʃəs), adjective Word Origin for gemma
C18: from Latin: bud,
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Plural gemmae ( jĕm) ′ē′ A budlike mass of undifferentiated tissue which serves as a means of vegetative reproduction among mosses and liverworts. The gemmae, often formed in structures called gemma cups, are usually dispersed from the parent plant by the splashing of raindrops, after which they develop into new individuals.
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