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egg

1 [eg]
noun
1.
the roundish reproductive body produced by the female of certain animals, as birds and most reptiles, consisting of an ovum and its envelope of albumen, jelly, membranes, egg case, or shell, according to species.
2.
such a body produced by a domestic bird, especially the hen.
3.
the contents of an egg or eggs: raw egg; fried eggs.
4.
anything resembling a hen's egg.
5.
Also called egg cell. the female gamete; ovum.
6.
Informal. person: He's a good egg.
7.
Slang. an aerial bomb.
verb (used with object)
8.
to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.
Idioms
9.
egg on one's face, Informal. humiliation or embarrassment resulting from having said or done something foolish or unwise: They were afraid to back the losing candidate and wind up with egg on their faces.
10.
lay an egg, Informal. to fail wretchedly, especially to be unsuccessful in front of an audience: He laid an egg as the romantic hero.
11.
put all one's eggs in one basket, to venture all of something that one possesses in a single enterprise.
12.
walk on eggs, to walk or act very cautiously.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English < Old Norse; replacing Middle English ey, Old English ǣg, German Ei egg; akin to Latin ōvum, Greek ōión egg

eggless, adjective
eggy, adjective


Egg, like beg, leg, and other words where “short e” precedes a “hard g” sound, is pronounced with the vowel [e] of bet and let, except in parts of New England and the South Midland and southern U.S., where these words are frequently said with [-eyg] to rhyme with vague and plague, especially in the speech of the less educated. This raising of [e] to a higher vowel [ey] articulated with the upper surface of the tongue closer to the palate, also occurs before [zh] as in measure, pleasure, and treasure.
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egg1 (ɛɡ)
 
n
1.  the oval or round reproductive body laid by the females of birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, and some other animals, consisting of a developing embryo, its food store, and sometimes jelly or albumen, all surrounded by an outer shell or membrane
2.  Also called: egg cell any female gamete; ovum
3.  the egg of the domestic hen used as food
4.  something resembling an egg, esp in shape or in being in an early stage of development
5.  old-fashioned, informal bad egg
 a.  a bad person
 b.  an exclamation of dismay
6.  old-fashioned, informal good egg
 a.  a good person
 b.  an exclamation of delight
7.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) lay an egg
 a.  to make a joke or give a performance, etc, that fails completely
 b.  (of a joke, performance, etc) to fail completely; flop
8.  put all one's eggs in one basket, have all one's eggs in one basket to stake everything on a single venture
9.  teach one's grandmother to suck eggs to presume to teach someone something that he knows already
10.  informal with egg on one's face made to look ridiculous
 
vb
11.  to dip (food) in beaten egg before cooking
12.  informal (US) to throw eggs at
 
[C14: from Old Norse egg; related to Old English ǣg, Old High German ei]

egg2 (ɛɡ)
 
vb (usually foll by on)
to urge or incite, esp to daring or foolish acts
 
[Old English eggian, from Old Norse eggja to urge; related to Old English ecgedge, Middle Low German eggen to harrow]

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Word Origin & History

egg
mid-14c., from northern England dialect, from O.N. egg, which vied with M.E. eye, eai (from O.E. æg) until finally displacing it after 1500; both are from P.Gmc. *ajja(m), probably from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (cf. Goth. ada, Ger. ei, O.C.S. aja, Rus. jajco, Bret. ui, Gk. oon, L. ovum). Caxton
(15c.) writes of a merchant (probably a north-country man) in a public house on the Thames who asked for eggs:
"And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges, and she understode hym not."
She did, however, recognize another customer's request for "eyren." Egg nog is Amer.Eng. c.1775, from nog "strong ale," an E.Anglian dialectal word of unknown origin. Bad egg in the fig. sense is from 1855. To have egg on (one's) face "be made to look foolish" is first recorded 1964. Egg-beater is from 1828; slang sense of "helicopter" is from 1937. Eggshell as emblematic of "thin and delicate" is from 1835; as a color term, it dates from 1894.

egg
c.1200, from O.N. eggja "to goad on, incite," from egg "edge" (see edge).
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Medical Dictionary

egg (ěg)
n.
The female sexual cell or gamete; an ovum.

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egg   (ěg)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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. See also oogenesis.

  2. 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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Cultural Dictionary

egg definition


A female gamete.

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Bible Dictionary

Egg definition


(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.

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