- The definition of an egg cell is the female reproductive ovum that a woman produces monthly.
An example of an egg cell is the female's egg that meets with a man's sperm to create a baby.
Variant of egg
- the oval or round body laid by a female bird, fish, reptile, insect, etc., containing a supply of nutrients, a protective membrane, and, when fertilized, the embryo of a new individual: many kinds of eggs have a thin, brittle shell as an outer covering
- a reproductive cell produced by a female animal or plant; ovumalso called egg cell
- the egg of a domestic fowl; specif., the liquid contents of a hen's egg, as used in cooking
- a thing resembling a hen's egg
- Slang a person: he's a good egg
Origin of eggMiddle English ; from Old Norse replacing native ey ; from Old English æg, akin to German ei (pl. eier), probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form owjom-, an unverified form ojom-, of a bird (from source Classical Latin ovum, Classical Greek ōion) ; from an unverified form awei-, bird (from source Classical Latin avis)
- to mix or cover with the yolk or white of eggs, as in cooking
- ☆ Informal to throw eggs at
egg on one's face
Informal embarrassment due to an obvious blunder
lay an egg☆
Informal to fail completely: said of a joke, theatrical performance, entertainer, etc.
put all one's eggs in one basketor have all one's eggs in one basket
to risk all that one has on a single venture, method, etc.