spawn
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French espandre to spread out, shed, scatter, spawn, from Latin expandere to expand Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to deposit or fertilize spawn 2. to produce young especially in large numbers transitive verb 1. a. to produce or deposit (eggs) — used of an aquatic animal b. to induce (fish) to spawn c. to plant with mushroom spawn 2. bring forth, generate <
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spawner noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. the eggs of aquatic animals (as fishes or oysters) that lay many small eggs 2. product, offspring; also offspring in great numbers 3. the seed, germ, or source of something 4. mycelium especially prepared (as in bricks) for propagating mushrooms

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(of fish or of frogs), / , , / , (from which fungi originate), , , ,


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