|1.||zoology a cell or mass of cells produced asexually by sponges and developing into a new individual; bud|
|2.||botany a small gemma|
|3.||a small hereditary particle postulated by Darwin in his theory of pangenesis|
|[C19: from French, from Latin gemmula a little bud; see |
gemmule gem·mule (jěm'yōōl)
The small bud that projects from the parent cell during gemmation.
|gemmule (jěm'yl) Pronunciation Key
A small gemma or similar structure, especially a reproductive structure in some sponges that remains dormant through the winter and later develops into a new individual.