The health-food craze spawned a multimillion-dollar industry.
the incident that spawned a generation of student protests
a TV show that spawned a host of imitations Noun
Pacific salmon return to Alaskan streams to deposit their spawn.
sometimes I think those little brats are the spawn of Satan himself
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The end result will likely be a complicated, content-rich jigsaw puzzle capable of spawning valuable intellectual property.—Leonard Armato, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The 1804 revolution that overthrew colonial France was the most successful slave revolt in history and spawned the first free Black republic in the world.—Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 Beams of energy collide with atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere, spawning charged subatomic particles like pions, muons, electrons, and positrons, whose ionized trails show up as spindly lines in cloud chambers.—Bill Gourgey, Popular Science, 23 Nov. 2023 Movies minted billions of dollars, sports king ESPN spawned staggering profits, and Disney’s theme parks teemed with delighted guests.—Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Surf’s up Reportedly one of the first places surfed on the mainland, Santa Cruz has spawned more than a few world-class professional surfers and boasts more than 10 surf breaks, with spots for all levels.—Lauren Sloss, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Minor Threat have announced Out of Step Outtakes, a new three-song EP of recordings from the same sessions that spawned 1983’s Out of Step, the band’s third and final EP before breaking up.—Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 14 Nov. 2023 Something about the spirit of the franchise had traction, spawning midnight screenings and reissued soundtracks.—Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Enlarge University of Arizona The hugely popular British quiz show Mastermind has been a fixture on BBC television since its debut in 1972, spawning multiple international versions as well as a video game and countless parodies.—Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023
This weekend Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz dressed as Rosemary Woodhouse and her Satanic spawn from the 1968 horror film Rosemary’s Baby, with Kravitz brandishing a knife.—Emma Spedding, Vogue, 31 Oct. 2023 The bright red color is adapted by both male and female sockeye, and shows a readiness to spawn.—Jessie Sheldon, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2023 Ironically, the variant’s flaw may be due to some of the 30-plus mutations that separate it from other Omicron spawn—a handful of which actually work against the virus.—Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 1 Sep. 2023 Here, Richard Donner uses a pint-size spawn of the devil to elicit his screams.—Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Aug. 2023 But the new findings suggest some salmon may be traveling farther north to spawn, rather than swimming back to their home waters, per the statement.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 Historically, these fish spent most of their time in coastal estuaries, only running upriver into freshwater to spawn.—Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 19 Oct. 2023 Instead of returning to spawn in their home rivers, the University of Alaska team thinks, at some point individual chum salmon strayed north.—WIRED, 18 Oct. 2023 Fish spawn in the many rivers, creeks, and freshwater lakes.—Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French espandre to spread out, shed, scatter, spawn, from Latin expandere to expand