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spawn

verb \ ˈspȯn , ˈspän \

Definition of spawn

intransitive verb
1 :to deposit or fertilize spawn
2 :to produce young especially in large numbers
transitive verb
1 a :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

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

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Origin and Etymology of spawn

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


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spawn

noun

Definition of spawn

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

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

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First Known Use of spawn

15th century

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SPAWN Defined for English Language Learners

spawn

verb

Definition of spawn for English Language Learners

  • : to produce or lay eggs in water

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


spawn

noun

Definition of spawn for English Language Learners

  • : the eggs of a fish or frog


SPAWN Defined for Kids

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spawn

verb \ ˈspȯn \

Definition of spawn for Students

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

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spawn

noun

Definition of spawn for Students

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


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