egg


1egg

verb \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Definition of EGG

transitive verb
:  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

2egg

noun, often attributive

: 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
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
:  something resembling an egg
3
:  person, sort <a good egg>
egg·less adjective
eggy \ˈe-gē, ˈā-\ adjective
egg on one's face
:  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

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

3egg

verb

Definition of EGG

transitive verb
1
:  to cover with egg
2
:  to pelt with eggs

First Known Use of EGG

1833

egg

noun \ˈeg, ˈāg\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EGG

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

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egg

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In biology, the female sex cell, or gamete. In zoology, the Latin term ovum is often used to refer to the single cell, whereas the word egg may be applied to the entire specialized structure or capsule that consists of the ovum, its various protective membranes, and any accompanying nutritive materials. The egg or ovum, like the male gamete (sperm), bears only a single (haploid; see ploidy) set of chromosomes. When female and male gametes unite during fertilization, the double (diploid) set of chromosomes is restored in the resulting zygote. In humans, the ovum matures inside one of the ovary's follicles (hollow group of cells) and is released when the follicle ruptures (ovulation). The ovum passes into the fallopian tube and will degenerate if not fertilized within about 24 hours. In animals, the amount of nutritive material (yolk) deposited in an egg is dependent on the length of time before the developing animal can feed itself or, in the case of mammals, begins to receive nourishment from the maternal circulation. Most animal eggs are enclosed by one or more membranes. Insect eggs are covered by a thick, hard outer membrane, and amphibian eggs are surrounded by a jellylike layer. The term egg also refers to the content of the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird or reptile.

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