egg /ˈɛg, ˈeg/
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.
Note: ☞ Egg is used adjectively, or as the first part of self-explaining compounds; as, egg beater or egg-beater, egg case, egg ladle, egg-shaped, etc.
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. --Ogilvie.
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.
Egg development Biol., the process of the development of an egg, by which the embryo is formed.
Egg mite Zoöl., any mite which devours the eggs of insects, as Nothrus ovivorus, which destroys those of the canker worm.
Egg parasite Zoöl., any small hymenopterous insect, which, in the larval stage, lives within the eggs of other insects. Many genera and species are known.
Egg, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Egged p. pr. & vb. n. Egging ] To urge on; to instigate; to incite░
Adam and Eve he egged to ill. --Piers Plowman.
[She] did egg him on to tell
How fair she was. --Warner.
n 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]
v 1: throw eggs at
2: coat with beaten egg; "egg a schnitzel"
(Heb. beytsah, "whiteness"). Eggs deserted (Isa. 10:14), of a
bird (Deut. 22:6), an ostrich (Job 39:14), the cockatrice (Isa.
59:5). In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a scorpion,
which is said to be very like an egg in its appearance, so much
so as to be with difficulty at times distinguished from it. In
Job 6:6 ("the white of an egg") the word for egg (hallamuth')
occurs nowhere else. It has been translated "purslain" (R.V.
marg.), and the whole phrase "purslain-broth", i.e., broth made
of that herb, proverbial for its insipidity; and hence an
insipid discourse. Job applies this expression to the speech of
Eliphaz as being insipid and dull. But the common rendering,
"the white of an egg", may be satisfactorily maintained.