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Dictionary Definition

egg

Noun

1 animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
2 oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food [syn: eggs]
3 one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away" [syn: testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut]

Verb

1 throw eggs at
2 coat with beaten egg; "egg a schnitzel"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Old Norse egg, from Germanic *ajja-, by Holtzmann's Law from Proto-Indo-European *oh₂ujom (stem *oh₂ujo-).

Pronunciation

/ɛg/

Noun

  1. In the context of "zoology|countable": An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, snakes, insects and other animals housing the embryo during its development.
  2. The egg of a domestic fowl as an item of food.
  3. 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.
  4. In the context of "biology|countable": The female primary cell, the ovum.

Translations

body housing an embryo
  • Estonian: muna
  • Finnish: muna
  • Italian: uovo
  • Lao: ໄຂ່
  • West Frisian: aai
food item
  • Estonian: muna
  • Finnish: muna, kananmuna
  • Italian: uovo
  • Lao: ໄຂ່
  • West Frisian: aai
culinary ingredient
  • Estonian: muna
  • Finnish: muna, kananmuna
  • Italian: uovo
  • Lao: ໄຂ່
  • West Frisian: aai
ovum
  • Estonian: munarakk
  • Finnish: munasolu
  • Italian: ovulo
  • West Frisian: aai

Verb

  1. To throw eggs at.
  2. (with "on"): To encourage, incite, urge, especially to a foolish act.
  3. To dip in or coat with beaten egg (cooking).

Translations

to throw eggs at
to encourage
  • Finnish: yllyttää
to dip in or coat with beaten egg

Faroese

Pronunciation

[ɛgː]

Noun

egg
  1. egg

Declension

Noun

egg
  1. blade, edge
  2. border, edge of a cliff

Declension

Icelandic

Pronunciation

[ˈɛɡ̊ː]

Etymology 1

Noun

egg (egg-s, egg-ja)
  1. In the context of "zoology|lang=is": egg
  2. an oval shaped object
  3. ovum
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Noun

egg (eggj-ar, egg-jar)
  1. In the context of "weapons|lang=is": the sharp edge of a knife, sword, or similar
  2. a sharp edge on a mountain
Synonyms
Derived terms

Norwegian

Noun

egg
  1. egg

Swedish

Noun

egg
  1. The sharp edge of a cutting tool.

Homophones

Extensive Definition

Egg may refer to the following:

Biology

  • Egg (biology), an ovum together with its shell or outer layer, internal membranes and nutrients for the embryo.
  • Egg cell or ovum, a haploid female reproductive cell or gamete.

Food

  • Egg (food), usually chicken eggs, but also those of other birds and turtles, as well as those of fish
  • Chocolate egg, a confectionery made primarily of chocolate often associated with Easter, the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs

Geography

Entertainment

Other

egg in Bulgarian: Яйце
egg in Catalan: Ou
egg in Welsh: Ŵy
egg in Danish: Æg (flertydig)
egg in German: Ei (Begriffsklärung)
egg in Spanish: Huevo
egg in French: Œuf
egg in Galician: Ovo
egg in Indonesian: Telur (disambiguasi)
egg in Luxembourgish: Ee (Homonymie)
egg in Dutch: Ei
egg in Dutch Low Saxon: Aai
egg in Japanese: エッグ
egg in Occitan (post 1500): Uòu
egg in Polish: Jajo
egg in Russian: Яйцо (значения)
egg in Simple English: Egg
egg in Slovenian: Jajce (razločitev)
egg in Turkish: Yumurta

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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