Egg meaning

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The definition of an egg is the female reproductive cell in many animals or the thin-shelled oval body laid by hens and other animals.

An example of an egg is what gets fertilized during a female's ovulation.

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To throw eggs at.
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Something having the ovoid shape of an egg.
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A fellow; a person.

He's a good egg.

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To cover with beaten egg, as in cooking.
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To encourage or incite to action. Used with on:

The racing fans egged their favorites on.

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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.
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A reproductive cell produced by a female animal or plant; ovum.
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A thing resembling a hen's egg.
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The egg of a domestic fowl; specif., the liquid contents of a hen's egg, as used in cooking.
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A person.

He's a good egg.

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To mix or cover with the yolk or white of eggs, as in cooking.
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To throw eggs at.
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To urge or incite.
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A female gamete; an ovum.
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The round or oval female reproductive body of various animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and insects, consisting usually of an embryo surrounded by nutrient material and a protective covering.
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The oval, thin-shelled reproductive body of a bird, especially that of a hen, used as food.
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The larger, usually nonmotile female reproductive cell of most organisms that reproduce sexually. Eggs are haploid (they have half the number of chromosomes as the other cells in the organism's body). During fertilization, the nucleus of an egg cell fuses with the nucleus of a sperm cell (the male reproductive cell) to form a new diploid organism. In animals, eggs are spherical, covered by a membrane, and usually produced by the ovaries. In some simple aquatic animals, eggs are fertilized and develop outside the body. In some terrestrial animals, such as insects, reptiles and birds, eggs are fertilized inside the body but are incubated outside the body, protected by durable, waterproof membranes (shells) until the young hatch. In mammals, eggs produced in the ovaries are fertilized inside the body and (except in the cases of monotremes) develop in the reproductive tract until birth. The human female fetus possesses all of the eggs that she will ever have; every month after the onset of puberty, one of these eggs matures and is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube, where it is either fertilized or discarded during menstruation. In many plants (such as the bryophytes, ferns, and gymnosperms) eggs are produced by flasked-shaped structures known as archegonia. In gymnosperms and angiosperms, eggs are enclosed within ovules. In angiosperms, the ovules are enclosed within ovaries.
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In many animals, a structure consisting of this reproductive cell together with nutrients and often a protective covering. The embryo develops within this structure if the reproductive cell is fertilized. The egg is often laid outside the body, but the female of ovoviviparous species may keep it inside the body until after hatching.
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(zoology, countable) An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, snakes, insects and other animals, housing the embryo during its development.
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(countable) The egg of a domestic fowl as an item of food.
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(uncountable) The contents of one or more (hen's usually) eggs as a culinary ingredient, etc.

I also determine the minimal amount of egg required to make good mayonnaise.

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(biology, countable) The female primary cell, the ovum.
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Anything shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
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A swelling on one's head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
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(mildly pejorative, slang, ethnic slur), (potentially offensive) A person of Caucasian (Western) ancestry, who has a strong desire to learn about and immerse him- or herself in East Asian culture, and/or such a person who is perceived as behaving as if he or she were Asian (from the "white" outside and "yellow" inside).
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(New Zealand, pejorative) A foolish or obnoxious person.

Shut up, you egg!

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In terms such as good egg, bad egg, tough egg etc., a person, fellow.
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To throw eggs at.
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To dip in or coat with beaten egg (cooking).
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To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally.

After I cut the tubing, I found that I had slightly egged it in the vise.

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(obsolete except in egg on) To encourage, incite.
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egg on (one's) face
  • Embarrassment; humiliation:.
    If you do that, you'll end up with egg on your face.
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lay an egg
  • To fail, especially in a public performance.
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put
  • To risk everything on a single venture.
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egg on one's face
  • Embarrassment due to an obvious blunder.
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lay an egg
  • To fail completely.
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put all one's eggs in one basket
  • To risk all that one has on a single venture, method, etc.
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Origin of egg

  • Middle English egge bird's egg from Old Norse egg awi- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English eggen from Old Norse eggja ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg (“egg”), from Proto-Germanic *ajją (“egg”), by Holtzmann's Law from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (“egg”). Cognate with Icelandic egg (“egg”), Norwegian egg (“egg”), Swedish ägg (“egg”), Danish æg (“egg”). The native English ey (pl. eyren), akin to Dutch ei (pl. eieren) and German Ei (pl. Eier) survived into the 16th century before being fully replaced by egg. More at ey.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Norse eggja (“to edge”).

    From Wiktionary