animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut, egg(verb)
one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
"she kicked him in the balls and got away"
throw eggs at
coat with beaten egg
"egg a schnitzel"
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
a simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell
anything resembling an egg in form
to urge on; to instigate; to incite/
Origin: [OE., fr. Icel. egg; akin to AS. g (whence OE. ey), Sw. gg, Dan. 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.]
In zoology, an egg is an organic vessel in which an embryo first begins to develop. In most birds, reptiles, insects, molluscs, fish, and monotremes, an egg is the zygote, resulting from fertilization of the ovum, which is expelled from the body and permitted to develop outside the body until the developing embryo can survive on its own. The term "egg" is used differently outside the animal kingdom, for an egg cell. Reproductive structures similar to the egg in other kingdoms are termed spores, or seeds. Oviparous animals are animals that lay eggs, with little or no other development within the mother. The study or collecting of eggs, particularly bird eggs, is called oology. Reptile eggs, bird eggs, and monotreme eggs, which are laid out of water, are surrounded by a protective shell, either flexible or inflexible. The special membranes that support these eggs are traits of all amniotes, including mammals. Eggs laid on land or in nests are usually kept within a favourable temperature range while the embryo grows. When the embryo is adequately developed it breaks out of the egg's shell. This breaking out is known as hatching. Baby animals which have just hatched are hatchlings, though standard names for babies of particular species continue to apply, such as chick for a baby chicken. Some embryos have a temporary egg tooth with which to crack, pip, or break the eggshell or covering.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
eg, n. an oval body laid by birds and certain other animals, from which their young are produced: anything shaped like an egg.—ns. Egg′-app′le, or plant, the brinjal or aubergine, an East Indian annual with egg-shaped fruit; Egg′-bird, a sooty tern; Egg′-cō′sy, a covering put over boiled eggs to keep in the heat after being taken from the pot: Egg′-cup, a cup for holding an egg at table; Egg′er, Egg′ler, one who collects eggs; Egg′ery, a place where eggs are laid; Egg′-flip, a hot drink made of ale, with eggs, sugar, spice, &c.; Egg′-glass, a small sand-glass for regulating the boiling of eggs; Egg′-nog, a drink compounded of eggs and hot beer, spirits, &c.; Egg′-shell, the shell or calcareous substance which covers the eggs of birds; Egg′-slice, a kitchen utensil for lifting fried eggs out of a pan; Egg′-spoon, a small spoon used in eating eggs from the shell.—A bad egg (coll.), a worthless person; Put all one's eggs into one basket, to risk all on one enterprise; Take eggs for money, to be put off with mere promises of payment; Teach your grandmother to suck eggs, spoken contemptuously to one who would teach those older and wiser than himself; Tread upon eggs, to walk warily, to steer one's way carefully in a delicate situation. [A.S. æg; cf. Ice. egg, Ger. ei, perh. L. ovum, Gr. ōon.]
eg, v.t. to instigate. [Ice. eggja—egg, an edge; cog. with A.S. ecg. See Edge.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
The binary code that is the payload for buffer overflow and format string attacks. Typically, an egg written in assembly and designed to enable remote access or escalate privileges from an ordinary user account to administrator level when it hatches. Also known as shellcode. The name comes from a particular buffer-overflow exploit that was co-written by a cracker named eggplant. The variable name ‘egg’ was used to store the payload. The usage spread from people who saw and analyzed the code.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A wholesome, yet fowl, product, of no use until broken. Sometimes a cure for indigestion or bad acting.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4095
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1952
Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Nouns Frequency: #753
The numerical value of EGG in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of EGG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
The sky is the egg shell, the earth is the yolk of the egg.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg.
United Egg Producer’s decision to end United Egg Producer support of culling baby male chicks is historic, as it will virtually eliminate this practice in the American egg industry.
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