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Definition of "egg" []

  • A female gamete; an ovum. Also called egg cell. (noun)
  • The round or oval female reproductive body of various animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and insects, consisting usually of an embryo surrounded by nutrient material and a protective covering. (noun)
  • The oval, thin-shelled reproductive body of a bird, especially that of a hen, used as food. (noun)
  • Something having the ovoid shape of an egg. (noun)
  • Slang A fellow; a person: He's a good egg. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "egg" in a sentence
  • "* chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg* calf (bovine) serum* betapropiolactone"
  • "Not just because I'm about to share them with the café's proprietor, Australian chef Bill Granger, but because I've read all about these eggs - the dish that gave Granger his title "egg master of Sydney" - and they're supposed to be damn good."
  • "In biology, the term egg is biologically ambiguous and the theory of punctuated equilibrium, for example, does not support a clear division between a chicken and the closest ancestors of that chicken."