gemless

gem

[jem]
noun
1.
a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
2.
something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth: His painting was the gem of the collection.
3.
a person held in great esteem or affection.
4.
muffin ( def 1 ).
5.
British Printing. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.
verb (used with object), gemmed, gemming.
6.
to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
adjective
7.
Jewelry. noting perfection or very high quality: gem color; a gem ruby.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English gemme < Old French < Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme, Old English gim(m) < Latin

gemless, adjective
gemlike, adjective


2. treasure, prize, jewel, pearl.
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gem (dʒɛm)
 
n
1.  a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
2.  a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
3.  a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point
4.  (NZ) a type of small sweet cake
 
vb , gems, gemming, gemmed
5.  (tr) to set or ornament with gems
 
[C14: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone]
 
'gemlike
 
adj
 
'gemmy
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

gem
O.E. gim, from L. gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," from the root *gen- "to produce" (see genus).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GEM
  1. Gemini

  2. ground-effect machine

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