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.