One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Asexual reproduction by the production of gemmae; budding.
- ‘All individuals breed (or by gemmation, or, with the participation of a partner of their species, by the sexual way), producing descendants of the species, that are settled separately.’
- ‘The process of mould growth on indoor surfaces generally includes gemmation, growth, and sporulation.’
- ‘In the higher Articulata, the process of gemmation goes on to a considerable extent in the egg, and even afterwards in some cases, but more or less irregularly.’
- ‘However, in such a way of reproduction, gemmation of descendants causes involution of parental tissues as before.’
Mid 18th century: from French, from gemmer ‘to bud’, from gemme ‘bud’, from Latin gemma.
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