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Elephants have about a 21 month gestation.
  the period during which an embryo develops (about 9 months in humans)

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the conception and development of an idea or plan
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More accurately, gestation last about 40 weeks in humans with 37 to 42 weeks considered normal.
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  • Elephants have about a 21 month gestation.
  • Rabbits have about a one month gestation.
  • She has several projects in various states of gestation.
  • The study found a greater risk of low bone density in adults born with a gestation period of less than 37 weeks.

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  • The building was two years in gestation.
  • "The gestation period lasts nine weeks, so you’ve got another two weeks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • This is the gestation of the nineteenth century.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • She had nearly died during his gestation and birth; his name was her thanksgiving.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • When we come to the phenomena of artistic conception, artistic gestation, and artistic reproduction I require a new terminology and a new personal experience.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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  • The new specialized city of specialized military men would mold a high-performing population that in traditional cities required generations to gestate.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • * *The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob:—a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus; but the breasts themselves extend upwards from that.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Mr Dixon, to turn the table, took on to ask of Mr Mulligan himself whether his incipient ventripotence, upon which he rallied him, betokened an ovoblastic gestation in the prostatic utricle or male womb or was due, as with the noted physician, Mr Austin Meldon, to a wolf in the stomach.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had been born of a miraculous conception, after a gestation of twelve years; his body being that of a serpent, with human arms and the head of an ox.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • As a fat man, I walked with the foot soldiers so as not to jounce the gestation.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • June When I was pregnant with Claire, I was told that I had gestational diabetes.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He would not go over to the Whig party, whose petty politicians, he said, "are no more able to comprehend me …. than a rabbit, which breeds 12 times a year, could comprehend the gestation of an elephant which carries 2 years."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I observed her unconscious flowering, the effortless rosy bloom of her complexion, which seemed so vital and basic and life-affirming in that period of gestation in which I had no legitimate part.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She was married now and not remotely interested in Blomkvist as anything more than a friend, but she worked in the media and had just finished a book that had been in gestation for ten years, which dealt with the image of women in the mass media.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • I was fourteen then, fourteen in years if they could have been called years while in that unpaced corridor which I called childhood, which was not living but rather some projection of the lightless womb itself I gestate and complete, not aged, just overdue because of some caesarean lack, some cold head-nuzzling forceps of the savage time which should have torn me free, I waited not for light but for that doom which we call female victory which it endure and then endure, without rhyme…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I reach up, touch the gestating lump.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • Jenny was twenty-one weeks into the pregnancy, barely halfway through the forty-week gestation period.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • There was another demographic change, however, unforeseen and long-gestating, that did drastically reduce crime in the 1990s.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I can’t be regular and easy about it when I’m caught by a big experiment, any more than you could be regular and easy and polite when you were gestating the baby.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I should like to be of use as a doctor or a farmer and at the same time to be gestating something lasting, something fundamental, to be writing some scientific paper or a literary work.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • One of the students wrote in an essay, "Language is born in the youth culture," so, to get a taste of language in gestation, untrammeled by our presence, we arranged for them to have three video minicameras.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • First, Man has multiplied on her hands until there are as many men as women; so that she has been unable to employ for her purposes more than a fraction of the immense energy she has left at his disposal by saving him the exhausting labor of gestation.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Gestation was six months.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • …scheme, the immigrants, The Union always swarming with blatherers and always sure and impregnable, The unsurvey’d interior, log-houses, clearings, wild animals, hunters, trappers, Surrounding the multiform agriculture, mines, temperature, the gestation of new States, Congress convening every Twelfth-month, the members duly coming up from the uttermost parts, Surrounding the noble character of mechanics and farmers, especially the young men, Responding their manners, speech, dress,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …Like a limitless golden cloud filling the westernr sky, Emblem of general maternity lifted above all, Sacred shape of the bearer of daughters and sons, Out of thy teeming womb thy giant babes in ceaseless procession issuing, Acceding from such gestation, taking and giving continual strength and life, World of the real—world of the twain in one, World of the soul, born by the world of the real alone, led to identity, body, by it alone, Yet in beginning only, incalculable masses of…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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