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egg

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verb \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Definition of egg

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to incite to action —usually used with on



Origin of egg

Middle English, from Old Norse eggja; akin to Old English ecg edge — more at edge


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with egg


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egg

noun

Simple Definition of egg

  • : a hard-shelled oval thing from which a young bird is born; also : an oval or round thing from which a snake, frog, insect, etc., is born

  • : the egg of a bird (especially a chicken) eaten as food

  • biology : a cell that is produced by the female sexual organs and that combines with the male's sperm in reproduction

Full Definition of egg

  1. 1 a :  the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken; also :  its contents used as food b :  an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence c :  ovum

  2. 2 :  something resembling an egg

  3. 3 :  person, sort <a good egg>

egg·less adjective
eggy play \ˈe-gē, ˈā-\ adjective
egg on one's face
  1. :  a state of embarrassment or humiliation

Examples of egg

  1. The egg will hatch about 10 days after it is laid.

  2. the smell of rotten eggs

  3. I bought a carton of eggs.

  4. a batter made from flour and egg

  5. The egg is fertilized by the sperm.



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Origin of egg

Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg; akin to Old English ǣg egg, Latin ovum, Greek ōion


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Embryology Terms


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egg

verb

Definition of egg

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with egg

  3. 2 :  to pelt with eggs



1833

First Known Use of egg

1833


Medical Dictionary

egg

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noun \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Medical Definition of egg

  1. 1:  the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken (Gallus gallus)

  2. 2:  an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence

  3. 3:  ovum



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