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spawn

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verb \ˈspȯn, ˈspän\

Simple Definition of spawn

  • : to produce or lay eggs in water

  • : to cause (something) to develop or begin : to produce or create (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spawn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deposit or fertilize spawn

  3. 2 :  to produce young especially in large numbers

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  to produce or deposit (eggs) —used of an aquatic animalb :  to induce (fish) to spawnc :  to plant with mushroom spawn

  6. 2 :  bring forth, generate <the idea spawned controversy>

spawner noun

Examples of spawn in a sentence

  1. The health-food craze spawned a multimillion-dollar industry.

  2. the incident that spawned a generation of student protests

  3. a TV show that spawned a host of imitations



Origin of spawn

Middle English, from Anglo-French espandre to spread out, shed, scatter, spawn, from Latin expandere to expand


First Known Use: 15th century


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spawn

noun

Simple Definition of spawn

  • : the eggs of a fish or frog

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spawn

  1. 1 :  the eggs of aquatic animals (as fishes or oysters) that lay many small eggs

  2. 2 :  product, offspring; also :  offspring in great numbers

  3. 3 :  the seed, germ, or source of something

  4. 4 :  mycelium especially prepared (as in bricks) for propagating mushrooms

Examples of spawn in a sentence

  1. Pacific salmon return to Alaskan streams to deposit their spawn.

  2. <sometimes I think those little brats are the spawn of Satan himself>



15th Century

First Known Use of spawn

15th century

Other Zoology Terms



SPAWN Defined for Kids

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spawn

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verb \ˈspȯn\

Definition of spawn for Students

spawnedspawning

  1. :  to produce or deposit a large number of eggs <Salmon swim up rivers to spawn.>




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spawn

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noun

Definition of spawn for Students

  1. :  the many small eggs of an animal (as a fish or frog) that are deposited in water





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