from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany An asexual budlike propagule as in liverworts, capable of developing into a new individual; a bud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. bud; an asexual reproductive structure, as found in liverworts and hydra, able to produce new individuals from a cluster of cells.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leaf bud, as distinguished from a flower bud.
  • n. A bud spore; one of the small spores or buds in the reproduction of certain Protozoa, which separate one at a time from the parent cell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany and zoology, a bud; that which is budded; the result of gemmation.
  • n. [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks, of the family Veneridæ, containing a single small species, G. totteni or G.gemma (originally Venus gemma), about one eighth of an inch long, yellowish or rosy-white tipped with amethystine, found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. The young are retained inside the valves of the parent till their shells are formed.
  • n. In biology, one of the hypothetical units of living matter: similar to biogen, idioblast, pangen, plasome, etc.
  • n. A knoblike protuberance or nodule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small asexual reproductive structure in e.g. liverworts and mosses that detaches from the parent and develops into a new individual


Latin, bud; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gemma ("bud on a plant"). (Wiktionary)



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