gigogne

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Etymology[edit]

XVIIth century, proper noun in dame Gigogne (fictional character of a woman with many children); 1901, adjective in table gigogne.

Could be a deformation of cigogne, a bird known for its maternal love. Explained by other as derived from Latin gignere ‎(procreate).

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gigogne (masculine and feminine, plural gigognes)

Des poupées gigognes.
  1. nesting (composed of many elements, each fitting in a bigger one)
    Des tables gigognes.
    Des poupées gigognes.

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