• A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
    A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nest-egg an egg left in the nest to keep the hen from forsaking it: something laid up as the beginning of an accumulation
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A ground-level nest, containing five eggs A ground-level nest, containing five eggs
The nest and eggs of the black phœbe The nest and eggs of the black phœbe
Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird
Girl with eggs next to nest Girl with eggs next to nest
Girl placing eggs in nest Girl placing eggs in nest


  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Inflation is when sitting on your nest egg doesn't give you anything to crow about.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg by the side of which more will be laid.”
  • Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street Journal
    “Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married”


Nest egg - If you have some money saved for the future, it is a nest egg.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nest; Ger. nest, L. nīdus.


In literature:

Mebby eggs are higher there; wall, Maryland hain't much too big for a good-sized hen's nest, nor Rhode Island neither.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Eggs and nests may be repeatedly destroyed, if placed within reach.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
There, in back of a box, they had built two nests and each old hen had ten eggs in her nest.
"Raggedy Ann Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
She loved the little nests of tinted eggs, the ducks on the crystal pools.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Apparently he forgot the location of the nest after that, for the other three eggs hatched out safely.
"Some Spring Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
Most of the larger owls are now building nests or sitting on eggs; a few are seeking food for their offspring.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
In another nest, near by, the three eggs have only just been laid.
"Some Summer Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
Finally, those who use no nest at all, but deposit their eggs in the sand, which is the case with a large number of aquatic fowls.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
We are too many eggs from one nest.
"Types of Naval Officers" by A. T. Mahan
Lying along the axis of the nest, and in shape like a date-stone, is the mass of eggs, grouped in layers.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Next morning, when we climbed to the precious jay nest to take another admiring look at the eggs, we found it empty.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
It was a construction at whose center something undiscoverable had made a nest, with eggs in it.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
It resembles a tiny bird's-nest with eggs in it.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
And he had failed to catch a hen pheasant on her nest; and it had contained only five eggs, two of them addled.
"The Tale of Mr. Tod" by Beatrix Potter
And found her nest with thirty-one eggs in it in the old pine stump!
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Furious at the disrespect shown her, the Beetle flew to the Eagle's nest and rolled out the eggs.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
There were five eggs at the bottom of the smooth, warm cup, which formed the heart of the nest.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
A teal builds its nest on her knee, and lays eggs (177-212).
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
By stooping low and peering intently, I could make out the nest and eggs.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
Find the nest of the downy and describe the nest and the eggs.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

Thy song of the nest,
O, sweet o' th' morn!
A nest and an egg
In the thick o' th' thorn.
"O Singer in Brown" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
For he himself the nest had found,
Among the wheat and on the green,
When going on his daily round,
With eggs as many as fifteen.
"Quail's Nest" by John Clare
Or in sequestered lanes they build,
Where, till the flitting bird's return,
Her eggs within the nest repose,
Like relics in an urn.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth
Thus, while the master and his friend
A fruit so delicate commend,
Or, rather, the rich nest behold,
In which appears an egg of gold,
Was heard a rapping at the door,
And John descends the stairs once more.
"Justice" by William Hutton
`Know, Nature, like the cuckoo, laughs at law,
Placing her eggs in whatso nest she will;
And when, at callow—time, you think to find
The sparrow's stationary chirp, lo! bursts
Voyaging voice to glorify the Spring.'
""`Know, Nature, like the cuckoo, laughs at law"" by Alfred Austin
Coo, dove, to thy married mate—­
She has two warm eggs in her nest: Tell her the hours are few to wait
Ere life shall dawn on their rest;
And thy young shall peck at the shells, elate
With a dream of her brooding breast.
"Brothers, And A Sermon" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

His nest egg generated almost $550 a month.
Who's Minding Your Nest Egg.
How to Build a Nest Egg With Your Spouse.
Protecting your retirement nest egg (Photo: Thinkstock).
8 Tips for Turning Your Nest Egg Into Retirement Income.
Hatching a new nest egg .
Build a Nest Egg Before Embarking on Growth.
Make Sure Your 401(k) Nest Egg Isn't Cracked.
Making your nest egg last a lifetime.
The Key To Building A Big Nest Egg .
Feathering the Nest Egg .
Saving the Nest Egg .
Sizing Up Your Nest Egg .
Retire Now, and Risk Falling Short on Your Nest Egg .
Protecting your rebuilt nest egg.

In science:

As a result, in map E, the radii of the left and right series of half-shells are nearly the same, which imitate nested egg shells.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model