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spawn

[spawn] /spɔn/
noun
1.
Zoology. the mass of eggs deposited by fishes, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, etc.
2.
Mycology. the mycelium of mushrooms, especially of the species grown for the market.
3.
a swarming brood; numerous progeny.
4.
(used with a singular or plural verb) any person or thing regarded as the offspring of some stock, idea, etc.
verb (used without object)
5.
to deposit eggs or sperm directly into the water, as fishes.
verb (used with object)
6.
to produce (spawn).
7.
to give birth to; give rise to:
His sudden disappearance spawned many rumors.
8.
to produce in large number.
9.
to plant with mycelium.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English spawnen (v.), probably < Anglo-French espaundre (Old French espandre) to expand
Related forms
spawner, noun
unspawned, adjective
Synonyms
7. engender, generate, yield, beget.
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  • One spawns in streams and one spawns in the lake near the shore.
British Dictionary definitions for spawns

spawn

/spɔːn/
noun
1.
the mass of eggs deposited by fish, amphibians, or molluscs
2.
(often derogatory) offspring, product, or yield
3.
(botany) the nontechnical name for mycelium
verb
4.
(of fish, amphibians, etc) to produce or deposit (eggs)
5.
(often derogatory) (of people) to produce (offspring)
6.
(transitive) to produce or engender
Derived Forms
spawner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman espaundre, from Old French spandre to spread out, expand
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Word Origin and History for spawns

spawn

v.

early 15c., from Anglo-French espaundre, Old French espandre "to spread out, pour out," from Latin expandere (see expand). The notion is of a "spreading out" of fish eggs released in water. The meaning "to engender, give rise to" is attested from 1590s. Related: Spawned; spawning.

n.

early 15c., from spawn (v.); figurative sense of "brood, offspring" is from 1580s.

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spawns in Science
spawn
  (spôn)   
Noun  
  1. The eggs of water animals such as fish, amphibians, and mollusks.

  2. Offspring produced in large numbers.


Verb  To lay eggs; produce spawn.
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