egg and dart
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.

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  • egg and dart — egg and dart, egg and dart egg and dart . a decorative ovolo molding, having a series of egg shaped figures alternating with another shape in the form of a dart or anchor. Also used attributively; as, an egg and dart molding; an egg and dart… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • egg and dart — egg and dart, egg and dart egg and dart . a decorative ovolo molding, having a series of egg shaped figures alternating with another shape in the form of a dart or anchor. Also used attributively; as, an egg and dart molding; an egg and dart… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • egg-and-dart — egg and dart, egg and dart egg and dart . a decorative ovolo molding, having a series of egg shaped figures alternating with another shape in the form of a dart or anchor. Also used attributively; as, an egg and dart molding; an egg and dart… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg-and-dart — is an ornamental device often carved in wood, stone, or plaster quarter round ovolo mouldings, consisting of an egg shaped object alternating with an element shaped like an arrow, anchor or dart. Egg and dart enrichment of the ovolo molding of… …   Wikipedia

  • egg-and-dart — (ĕg ən därtʹ) Alan Witschonke n. A decorative molding consisting of a series of egg shaped figures alternating with dart shaped, anchor shaped, or tongue shaped figures. * * * …   Universalium

  • egg and dart — n. a decorative molding used in architecture and cabinetwork, consisting of an egg shaped form alternating with a form shaped like an arrow, anchor, or tongue: also egg and anchor or egg and tongue …   English World dictionary

  • egg and dart — egg′ and dart′ n. archit. an architectural ornament used on moldings, consisting of a closely set alternating series of oval and pointed forms • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • egg-and-dart — noun a decorative molding; a series of egg shaped figures alternating with another shape • Syn: ↑egg and anchor, ↑egg and tongue • Hypernyms: ↑molding, ↑moulding * * * eggˈ and anchˈor, eggˈ and dartˈ, eggˈ and tongueˈ …   Useful english dictionary

  • egg and dart — noun also egg and tongue or egg and anchor : a carved ornamental design in relief consisting of an ovoid figure and a roughly triangular figure usually approximating a somewhat elongated javelin or arrow head repeated alternately (as along a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • egg-and-dart — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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