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 Geraldine (3 syl., g soft).Gerda (g hard). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gera’nium (g soft).
The Turks say this was a common mallow changed by the touch of Mahomet’s garment.   1
   The word is from the Greek gernos (a crane); and the plant is called “Crane’s Bill,” from the resemblance of the fruit to the bill of a crane.   2

 Geraldine (3 syl., g soft).Gerda (g hard). 

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