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gestation (dʒɛˈsteɪʃən)
1.  a.  the development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal, between conception and birth: about 266 days in humans, 624 days in elephants, and 63 days in cats
 b.  (as modifier): gestation period
2.  the development of an idea or plan in the mind
3.  the period of such a development
[C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry]

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