gemel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French gemel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus (twin).

Noun[edit]

gemel (plural gemels)

  1. (now rare) A twin (also attributively).
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 197:
      half a million which Demon considered henceforth as a loan his cousin should certainly refund him if sanity counted for something on this gemel planet.
  2. (heraldry) One of a pair of small bars placed together.
    • Strype
      two gemels silver between two griffins passant
  3. (historical) A finger ring which splits into two horizontally.

Adjective[edit]

gemel (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry) Coupled; paired.
    Bars gemel, or two barrulets placed near and parallel to each other.