Antonyms for gemming

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GEMMING

You are gemming my ornaments, setting them in crystal instead of gold.

My nest was hid under the gemming flowers, and stored with luscious fruits, and its door was fastened with bolts of precious gems.

Then in a short time, they repaired to the gemming steppe, and heaped it with flowers of various kinds.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gimm "precious stone, gem, jewel," also "eye," from Latin gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," perhaps from the root *gen- "to produce," or from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail." Of persons, from late 13c. Forms in -i-, -y- were lost early 14c., and the modern form of the word probably representing a Middle English borrowing from Old French gemme (12c.). As a verb, from c.1600, "to adorn with gems;" mid-12c. as "to bud."