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 for Gem
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gem \Gem\, n. [OE. gemme precious stone, F. gemme, fr. L. gemma
     a precious stone, bud.]
     1. (Bot.) A bud.
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              From the joints of thy prolific stem
              A swelling knot is raised called a gem. --Denham.
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     2. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz,
        sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and
        polished for ornament; a jewel. --Milton.
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     3. Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits,
        which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or
        value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or
        wise saying.
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     Artificial gem, an imitation of a gem, made of glass
        colored with metallic oxide. Cf. Paste, and Strass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gem \Gem\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gemmed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To put forth in the form of buds. "Gemmed their blossoms."
        [R.] --Milton.
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     2. To adorn with gems or precious stones.
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     3. To embellish or adorn, as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed
        with dewdrops.
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              England is . . . gemmed with castles and palaces.
                                                    --W. Irving.
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