Biol. a budlike outgrowth which becomes detached and develops into a new organism, as in certain liverworts
Origin of gemmaL: see gem
nounpl. gem·mae Botany
An asexual budlike propagule capable of developing into a new individual, as in liverworts.
Origin of gemmaLatin, bud; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin gemma (“bud on a plant”).