egg - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the round object with a shell that a female bird produces and a baby bird develops in. The mother bird lays an egg, and later the egg hatches and the baby bird comes out

    a hen’s/pigeon’s/sparrow’s egg

    an ostrich egg

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a chicken’s egg used as food

      an egg sandwich

  2. 2
    [countable] a small object produced by a female insect, frog, snake etc, that a young animal comes out of
  3. 3
    [countable] biology a cell produced inside a woman or female animal that develops into a baby if it is fertilized by a sperm (=a male cell)
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