easter-egg

Easter egg

noun
1.
a chicken egg that is dyed and often given a figure or design, or an imitation of such an egg, as an egg-shaped candy or chocolate, used at Easter as a gift or decoration.
2.
Digital Technology. an extra feature, as a message or video, hidden in a software program, computer game, movie DVD, etc., and revealed as by an obscure sequence of keystrokes or mouse clicks.

Origin:
1795–1805

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Easter egg
 
n
1.  an egg given to children at Easter, usually a chocolate egg or a hen's egg with its shell painted
2.  a bonus or extra feature hidden inside a website, computer game, or DVD, that is only revealed after repeated or lengthy viewing or playing

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Easter egg

n. [from the custom of the Easter Egg hunt observed in the U.S. and many parts of Europe]
1. A message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code.
2. A message, graphic, or sound effect emitted by a program (or, on a PC, the BIOS ROM) in response to some undocumented set of commands or keystrokes, intended as a joke or to display program credits. One well-known early Easter egg found in a couple of OSes caused them to respond to the command `make love' with `not war?'. Many personal computers have much more elaborate eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the developers' names, political exhortations, snatches of music, and (in one case) graphics images of the entire development team.
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