Egg

Definition of Egg

Pronunciation: ĕg
n.1.(Popularly) The oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the "white" or albumen, and inclosed in a shell or strong membrane.
2.(Biol.) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell.
3.Anything resembling an egg in form.
Egg and anchor
(Arch.) see egg-and-dart in the vocabulary, below; - called also egg and dart, and egg and tongue. See Anchor, n., 5.
Egg cleavage
(Biol.) a process of cleavage or segmentation, by which the egg undergoes endogenous division with formation of a mass of nearly similar cells, from the growth and differentiation of which the new organism is ultimately formed. See Segmentation of the ovum, under Segmentation.
- Ogilvie.
Egg development
(Biol.) the process of the development of an egg, by which the embryo is formed.
Egg mite
(Zool.) any mite which devours the eggs of insects, as Nothrus ovivorus, which destroys those of the canker worm.
Egg parasite
(Zool.) any small hymenopterous insect, which, in the larval stage, lives within the eggs of other insects. Many genera and species are known.
v. t.1.To urge on; to instigate; to incite
[imp. & p. p. Egged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Egging .]
Adam and Eve he egged to ill.
- Piers Plowman.
[She] did egg him on to tell
How fair she was.
- Warner.

Related Words

Anlage, albumen, boiled eggs, bud, caviar, coddled eggs, deviled eggs, dropped eggs, egg cell, egg white, eggs, eggshell, female gamete, fish eggs, fried eggs, germ, germen, glair, loins, nucleus, omelet, ooecium, ovicell, ovule, poached eggs, roe, rudiment, scrambled eggs, seed, shirred eggs, souffle, spawn, spermatozoon, stirp, stuffed eggs, vitellus, white, yellow, yolk
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