Egg Egg ([e^]g), n. [OE., fr. Icel. egg; akin to AS. [ae]g (whence OE. ey), Sw. ["a]gg, Dan. [ae]g, G. & D. ei, and prob. to OSlav. aje, jaje, L. ovum, Gr. 'w,o`n, Ir. ugh, Gael. ubh, and perh. to L. avis bird. Cf. {Oval}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything resembling an egg in form. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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} (Zo["o]l.), any mite which devours the eggs of insects, as {Nothrus ovivorus}, which destroys those of the canker worm.

{Egg parasite} (Zo["o]l.), any small hymenopterous insect, which, in the larval stage, lives within the eggs of other insects. Many genera and species are known. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • EGG — oder EGG kann sowohl als Name, als Landschaftsform sowie auch als Abkürzung verwendet werden: Ortsname in der Schweiz die Gemeinde Egg ZH im Kanton Zürich die Ortschaft Egg, Teil der Gemeinde Einsiedeln im Kanton Schwyz die Ortschaft Egg, Teil… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Egg — ist der Name folgender Personen: Augustus Leopold Egg (1816–1863), britischer Maler Erich Egg (1920–2008), österreichischer Kunsthistoriker Gottfried Egg (1921–2010), Schweizer Jass Experte Herbert Egg (* 1927), österreichischer Politiker (SPÖ)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Egg — may refer to the following:Biology*Egg (biology), an ovum together with its shell or outer layer, internal membranes and nutrients for the embryo. *Egg cell or ovum, a haploid female reproductive cell or gamete. *Oocyte, an immature egg… …   Wikipedia

  • egg — egg1 [eg] n. [ME < ON, replacing native ey < OE æg, akin to Ger ei (pl. eier), prob. < IE base * owjom , * ojom , of a bird (> L ovum, Gr ōion) < * awei , bird (> L avis)] 1. the oval or round body laid by a female bird, fish,… …   English World dictionary

  • egg — Ⅰ. egg [1] ► NOUN 1) an oval or round object laid by a female bird, reptile, fish, or invertebrate and containing an ovum which if fertilized can develop into a new organism. 2) an infertile egg of the domestic hen, used for food. 3) Biology the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Egg — Egg, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Egged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Egging}.] [OE. eggen, Icel. eggja, fr. egg edge. ??. See {Edge}.] To urge on; to instigate; to incite? [1913 Webster] Adam and Eve he egged to ill. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] [She] did egg him …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • egg — egg; egg·ar; egg·ler; egg·less; …   English syllables

  • Egg — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Egg (en español: huevo) es un videojuego perteneciente a la saga de Game Watch lanzado el 9 de octubre de 1981. Modo de juego En el juego, un zorro está fuera de un gallinero donde las gallinas están empollando… …   Wikipedia Español

  • egg — egg. = ovum (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • egg — egg. См. яйцеклетка. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”