Egg parasite
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]


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  • egg parasite — noun : any of numerous small hymenopterons that develop within the eggs of other insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg and anchor — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • egg and tongue — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg cleavage — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg development — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg mite — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Egg tossing (behavior) — Egg tossing is a behavior observed in some species of birds and is related to infanticide. The activity is performed so as to increase the chances that newly laid eggs which are genetically closer to the female receive a better chance of survival …   Wikipedia

  • Egg hatch assay — (EHA) is a laboratory tool used to determine a given parasite s resistance to extant drug therapy …   Wikipedia

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