Variant of gem
- a cut and polished gemstone or a pearl, used for ornamentation
- gemstone: a fortune in uncut gems
- anything prized for its beauty and value, esp. if small and perfect of its kind
- a highly valued person
- ☆ a kind of muffin
Origin: Middle English gemme from Old French from Classical Latin gemma, a swelling, bud, precious stone from Indo-European an unverified form ĝembhna from base an unverified form ĝembh-, to bite, tooth from source comb
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