spawn

Technically, the mass of small eggs laid by animals like fish, frogs, mollusks is called spawn. But the word has been borrowed to mean offspring, or the act of making them in general.

When someone is in league with the devil, a preacher might refer to them as “Satan’s spawn.” Your dad probably find something satanic in the kids next door when he refers to them as the neighbor’s spawn. Bill Gates’ programming project in college spawned Microsoft, a multi-billion dollar industry giant.

Definitions of spawn
1

n the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

Types:
roe
the egg mass or spawn of certain crustaceans such as the lobster
Type of:
egg
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

v lay spawn

“The salmon swims upstream to spawn
Types:
spat
spawn
Type of:
lay
lay eggs

v call forth

Synonyms:
breed, engender
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

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