egg

An egg is the shell-covered, roundish object that's laid by birds and reptiles, which usually has an embryo inside. When an egg hatches, a baby chick, snake, or lizard comes out.

Fertile eggs are the ones that become animals, while those laid by infertile birds are the kind you eat, scrambled or fried, for breakfast. The ovum, a reproductive cell in female animals, including humans, is also an egg. Colloquially, if you "lay an egg," you make a total mess of something, and if you "have egg on your face," you look foolish. If, however, you're considered a "good egg," you're a pal or a nice person.

Primary Meanings of egg

1.
nv
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
throw eggs at
2.
n
one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
Full Definitions of egg
1

n 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

Types:
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nit
egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse; often attached to a hair or item of clothing
spawn
the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs
roe
the eggs or egg-laden ovary of a fish
silkworm seed
eggs of a silkworm
roe
eggs of female fish
roe
the egg mass or spawn of certain crustaceans such as the lobster
Type of:
egg cell, ovum
the female reproductive cell; the female gamete

n oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food

Synonyms:
eggs
Type of:
food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

v throw eggs at

Type of:
bombard, pelt
cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

v coat with beaten egg

egg a schnitzel”
Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
2

n one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

Types:
cobblers
a man's testicles (from Cockney rhyming slang: cobbler's awl rhymes with ball)
undescended testicle, undescended testis
a testis that fails to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops
Type of:
gonad, sex gland
a gland in which gametes (sex cells) are produced
male reproductive gland
the reproductive organs of a man

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