spawn

verb
\ ˈspȯn How to pronounce spawn (audio) , ˈspän\
spawned; spawning; spawns

Definition of spawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to deposit or fertilize spawn
2 : to produce young especially in large numbers

transitive verb

1a : to produce or deposit (eggs) used of an aquatic animal
b : to induce (fish) to spawn
c : to plant with mushroom spawn
2 : bring forth, generate the idea spawned controversy

spawn

noun

Definition of spawn (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the eggs of aquatic animals (such as fishes or oysters) that lay many small eggs
2 : product, offspring also : offspring in great numbers
3 : the seed, germ, or source of something
4 : mycelium especially prepared (as in bricks) for propagating mushrooms

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Other Words from spawn

Verb

spawner noun

Examples of spawn in a Sentence

Verb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The McEwen-Prudhomme rivalry evolved into a friendship and later a partnership between the two drivers and spawned a massive sponsorship deal with Mattel in the late 1960s and early '70s. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Legendary drag racer Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen dies at 81," 11 June 2018 Stripers are moving in both directions, as the Sunday’s full moon was prime time for spawning in the upper river. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Spotted bass are spawning in the coves on stumps and gravel--shaky heads and finesse worms are the best bet, as usual. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 12 Apr. 2018 The Times revelations spawned an uproar almost immediately in Britain, where Oxfam is one of the country’s most admired private aid organizations. George Russell, Fox News, "Trump Administration moves to get tougher on sexual abuse by humanitarian workers," 9 Mar. 2018 The waves of firings spawned a legion of disaffected former employees who congregate online to air their grievances and swap stories. Gerrit De Vynck, The Seattle Times, "‘Pit-bull’ lawyer suing IBM for age discrimination," 17 Sep. 2018 The Crow spawned three sequels, The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Crow Salvation (2000), and The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), which saw a steady decline in interest and in quality. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018 On the Atlantic Coast, the storm spawned tornadoes. CBS News, "As Alberto drenches the Gulf Coast, inland flooding is now the focus," 29 May 2018 Hence, the political conflict spawned by it wasn’t rancorous most of the time. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first taste of evening was escalope de saumon à l’oseille prepared by Chef César Troisgros, the black bearded and handsome spawn of the culinary dynasty that has dominated French cuisine for nearly a century. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 Black bass – will be good over the next couple of weeks with the smallmouth bass moving into rocky and sandy coves for their annual spawn. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Area water bodies welcome warming weather, improving prospects | The Kansas City Star," 25 Apr. 2018 Unlike her predecessor, Lorelai Gilmore, Midge isn’t cathected to her spawn, who are kept to the margins of the show. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018 Your kindly old neighbors were secret Satanists ready to impregnate you with the devil’s spawn. Thomas Mallon, WSJ, "‘The Dakota Winters’ Review: Uptown in the ’80s," 30 Nov. 2018 Adding fresh spawn annually will ensure that the mycelium stays vigorous. Sunset, "How to Grow Mushrooms," 22 Jan. 2018 Catches have been minimal thus far, but should pick up as the spawn progresses. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star Tyler Mahoney,, kansascity, "Fishing report: Things have been slow because of weather | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 These abilities range from the offensive, like a powerful cluster grenade; to the defensive, like a massive anti-personnel shield; plus additional supportive abilities, like the ability to create a new spawn point for your team as well. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!," 19 Oct. 2018 The catfish spawn is winding down and the fish will move off the banks to deeper water. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of spawn

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spawn

Verb

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

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spawn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce or lay eggs in water
: to cause (something) to develop or begin : to produce or create (something)

spawn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spawn (Entry 2 of 2)

: the eggs of a fish or frog

spawn

verb
\ ˈspȯn How to pronounce spawn (audio) \
spawned; spawning

Kids Definition of spawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spawn

noun

Kids Definition of spawn (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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