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 <
the idea spawned controversy
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.

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

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