What does the word rudiment mean?

Usage examples for rudiment

  1. The particular direction of development is determined before the rudiment is differentiated and is exerted so strongly that further development ensues without interruption, even though the external conditions vary considerably and exert a positively inimical influence: this produces the impression that development proceeds entirely independently of the outer world. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  2. The state of the young rudiment is the outcome of previous influences of the external world communicated through other organs. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  3. If the rudiment has reached a certain stage in development before it is exposed to these influences, extraordinary intermediate forms are obtained, bearing the characters of both organs. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
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