a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
verb (used with object)
to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
(of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
verb (used without object)
to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually followed by over or on ).
kept for breeding: a brood hen.
Verb phrases
brood above/over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brōd; cognate with Dutch broed, German Brut. See breed

broodless, adjective
unbrooded, adjective

brewed, brood (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. Brood, litter refer to young creatures. Brood is especially applied to the young of fowls and birds hatched from eggs at one time and raised under their mother's care: a brood of young turkeys. Litter is applied to a group of young animals brought forth at a birth: a litter of kittens or pups. 2. line, stock, strain.
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brood (bruːd)
1.  a number of young animals, esp birds, produced at one hatching
2.  all the offspring in one family: often used jokingly or contemptuously
3.  a group of a particular kind; breed
4.  (as modifier) kept for breeding: a brood mare
vb (when intr, often foll by on, over or upon)
5.  of a bird
 a.  to sit on or hatch (eggs)
 b.  (tr) to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings
6.  to ponder morbidly or persistently
[Old English brōd; related to Middle High German bruot, Dutch broed; see breed]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. brod "brood, fetus, hatchling," from P.Gmc. *brod (cf. M.Du. broet, O.H.G. bruot, Ger. Brut "brood"), lit. "that which is hatched by heat," from *bro- "to warm, heat," from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat, incubate," from base *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see
brew). The verbal figurative meaning ("to incubate in the mind") is first recorded 1570s, from notion of "nursing" one's anger, resentment, etc. Related: Brooded.
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Medical Dictionary

brood (brōōd)
See litter.

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