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GEM, noun [Latin gemma.]

1. A bud. In botany, the bud or compendium of a plant, covered with scales to protect the rudiments from the cold of winter and other injuries; called the hybernacle or winter quarters of a plant.

2. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, topaz, emerald, etc.

GEM, verb transitive To adorn with gems, jewels or precious stones.

1. To bespangle; as foliage gemmed with dew drops.

2. To embellish with detached beauties.

England is studded and gemmed with castles and palaces.

GEM, verb intransitive To bud; to germinate.