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Gestation   /dʒɛstˈeɪʃən/   Listen

The period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans).  Synonym: gestation period.
The state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus.  Synonyms: maternity, pregnancy.
The conception and development of an idea or plan.

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"Gestation" Quotes from Famous Books

... were these writings of the Hebrews and the early Christians. Thought was kept alive by them, imagination was fed from them, conscience was educated and vitalized through them. For a thousand years there was practically but one book in Europe—the Bible. When the long gestation of the middle ages was fulfilled, and the modern world was born, while the educated classes read the exhumed classics of Greece, the people still read the Bible. It gave, in the person of Luther, the impulse that restored intellectual liberty and moral health to Europe. ...
— The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible • R. Heber Newton

... about bears, that, to some extent, explains why they are not easily exterminated. It is this: the old she-animals are never killed during the period of gestation—for they are never met with at that time. It has been said there is no hunter to be found in all America who remembers having killed a she-bear with young, either of the black or grizzly species. Now this is not the case with most other animals—such ...
— The Boy Hunters • Captain Mayne Reid

... influence of such development on the entire nutrition of the body, the irregularities of nutritive or of cerebro-spinal action, that may be caused by irregularities in such development, are also completely analogous. It is only the organ of gestation that is peculiar to the female—the organ of maternity—the function that, although resulting from sex, transcends sex and belongs to the race. In a double sense is the uterus secondary to the ovaries.[41] For its physiological action, ...
— The Education of American Girls • Anna Callender Brackett

... that they saw it. It is remarkable that the Chinese represent the moon by a rabbit pounding rice in a mortar. Their mythological moon Jut-ho is figured by a beautiful young woman with a double sphere behind her head, and a rabbit at her feet. The period of this animal's gestation is thirty days; may it not therefore typify the moon's revolution round ...
— Moon Lore • Timothy Harley

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