• WordNet 3.6
    • v egg coat with beaten egg "egg a schnitzel"
    • v egg throw eggs at
    • n 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
    • n egg one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
    • n egg oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Eggs Eggs
45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs 45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
197. Development of Egg-parasites 197. Development of Egg-parasites
264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa 264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa
pan, whisk and egg pan, whisk and egg
pan, bottle, whisk and egg pan, bottle, whisk and egg
cupboard, milk, eggs, pan, etc cupboard, milk, eggs, pan, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older
    • Egg (Biol) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell.
    • Egg Anything resembling an egg in form.
    • Egg (Popularly) 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.
    • v. t Egg To urge on; to instigate; to incite "Adam and Eve he egged to ill.""She] did egg him on to tell
      How fair she was."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1950, over 230 million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold
    • n egg The body formed in the females of all animals (with the exception of a few of the lowest type, which are reproduced by gemmation or division), in which, by impregnation, the development of the fetus takes place; an ovum, ovule, or egg-cell; the procreative product of the female, corresponding to the sperm, sperm-cell, or spermatozoön of the male. In biology the term is used in the widest possible sense, synonymously with ovum (which see). In its simplest expression, an egg is a mass or speck of protoplasm capable of producing an organism like the parent, sometimes by itself, oftener only by impregnation with the corresponding substance of the opposite sex; and in low sexless organisms the generative body is indistinguishable as an egg-cell from a sperm-cell. In higher animals which have opposite sexes the egg is usually distinguished from the spermatozoön by its greater relative size and its sphericity. Regarded morphologically, an egg has throughout the animal kingdom one single and simple character, or morphic valence, that of the cell, in which a cell-wall, cell-substance, a nucleus, and a nucleolus are, as a rule, distinguishable. Such an egg is usually of microscopic or minute size; and, however comparatively enormous an egg may become by the addition of other structures, its morphological character as a cell is not altered. Thus, an egg, in its primitive undifferentiated and unimpregnated condition, does not differ morphologically from any other cell of an animal organism, or from the whole of a single-celled animal, nor can the egg of a sponge, for example, be distinguished from that of a woman. Physiologically, however, the egg differs enormously from other cells, in that under proper conditions it may germinate or build up an entire organism like that of the parent. This is usually possible only after impregnation; but the eggs of parthenogenetic insects, as aphids, germinate for several generations without the male element. The parts of an egg may be named in general terms, the same as those used for other cells; but special names are usually applied. Thus, the nucleolus or smallest and inmost recognizable constituent is called the germinal spot or spot of Wagner; the nucleus is called the germinal vesicle or vesicle of Purkinje (in both cases wrongly, because these parts are not specially concerned in germination, and may even disappear after impregnation, the germinal vesicle proper being quite another structure). The common cell-substance or protoplasm is the vitellus or yolk; the cell-wall is the vitelline membrane, sometimes called in human anatomy the zona pellucida. To these regular constituents of an egg may be added others, namely: a large, sometimes enormous, mass of granular colored albumen or food-yolk, as distinguished from the proper formative yolk, as that constituting nearly all the ball of yellow of a hen's egg; a great quantity of colorless albumen, the “white” of an egg. Both the white and the “yellow,” however large in mass, are included in what corresponds to the original cell-wall. But the latter may acquire with its great increase in size a special thickness and toughness, then becoming the egg-pod, putamen, or membrana putaminis; which may be still further thickened and hardened, as the egg-shell, either white or variously pigmented. Thus it is seen that the great size of some eggs, as those of all birds, most reptiles, many batrachians, and some fishes, is due to extraneous substances deposited upon the true egg or egg-cell. This process of inclusion may go still further, the egg, or a mass of eggs together, being enveloped in a glairy substance, egg-glue or oöglæa, as that of frogs' eggs, or encased in variously and often curiously constructed egg-cases. A trace of this is seen in the human egg, where a little granular matter, derived from a Graafian follicle and known as the discus proligerus, surrounds the egg-cell. Eggs the whole of whose yolk is formative, or makes up into the body of the embryo after segmentation of the whole vitellus, are called holoblastic; others, with a quantity of foodyolk which does not undergo segmentation, are meroblastic. All large eggs, as birds', are meroblastic. In these the egg proper is known as the cicatricula or tread; and the tough, stringy albumen which steadies or buoys the yellow in the white forms the chalazæ. The germ-yolk and the food-yolk may occupy different relative positions. (See centrolecithal, ectolecithal, etc.) The organ in which an egg is produced, whatever its size, shape, or position in the body of the female, is the ovary; the passage by which it is conveyed to another part of the body, or to the exterior, is an oviduct. In the former all the essential parts of the egg appear; in the latter various accessory structures, as the white and the shell, are deposited. All sexed animals “lay” eggs; those in which the egg passes directly out of the body, to be hatched outside, are called oviparous; those in which the egg severs its vascular or vital connection with the parent, but remains inside the body to hatch, are ovoviviparous; those whose eggs retain vascular connection with the parent, as by means of a placenta and an umbilical cord, so that they bring forth alive, are viviparous. In the last the oviducts are more or less modified, as into Fallopian tubes, uterus, and vagina, for the purpose of gestation, as distinguished from the incubation of eggs laid outside the body. Egg-laying, as of birds, reptiles, insects, etc., is called oviposition; many insects have the end of the abdomen modified into a special ovipositor. The normal and usual shape of an egg is the sphere, preserved even in some large eggs, as those of turtles; many eggs are cylindrical, with rounded ends; the largest eggs, with a hard chalky shell, as hirds', present a characteristic figure, the ovoid, varying to more or less conical, or elliptical, or subspherical. In such cases the large end is called the butt, the small end the point. All mammalian eggs, excepting those of the oviparous monotremes, are spherical and microscopic; the egg of the human female measures about 1/125 of an inch in diameter. A hen's egg of good size weighs about 1,000 grains, of which the white is 600, the yellow 300, the shell 100. An ostrich's egg holds about 3 pints. The largest known egg is that of the extinct Madagascan elephant-bird, Æpyornis maximus, having a capacity of about 12 dozen hens' eggs, and a long axis of a foot or more. Eggs of many animals besides birds are important food-products, of great economic and commercial value, as turtles' eggs, the roe of many fishes, the coral or berry of lobsters, etc.
    • n egg Something like or likened to an egg in shape.
    • n egg [The egg was used by the early Christians as a symbol of the hope of the resurrection. The use of eggs at Easter has, doubtless, reference to the same idea. Eggs of marble have been found in the tombs of early Christians.]
    • egg To apply eggs to; cover or mix with eggs, as cutlets, fish, bread, etc., in cooking.
    • egg To pelt with eggs.
    • egg To incite or urge; encourage; instigate; provoke: now nearly always with on.
    • n egg In cricket, no score; zero; a duck's egg.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An ostrich egg can make approx. eleven and a half omelets.
    • n Egg eg an oval body laid by birds and certain other animals, from which their young are produced: anything shaped like an egg
    • v.t Egg eg to instigate.
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.”
  • Proverb
    “The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.”
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”
  • Rutherford Platt
    Rutherford Platt
    “We can see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.”


All your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
Bad egg - A person who cannot be trusted is a bad egg. Good egg is the opposite.
Curate's egg - (UK) If something is a bit of a curate's egg, it is only good in parts.
Egg on your face - If someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
Go fry an egg - (USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
Good egg - A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
Kill the goose that lays the golden egg - If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you ruin something that is very profitable.
Nest egg - If you have some money saved for the future, it is a nest egg.
Over-egg the pudding - (UK) If you over-egg the pudding, you spoil something by trying to improve it excessively. It is also used nowadays with the meaning of making something look bigger or more important than it really is. ('Over-egg' alone is often used in this sense.)
Put all your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.
Sure as eggs is eggs - These means absolutely certain, and we do say 'is' even though it is grammatically wrong.
Teach your grandmother to suck eggs - When people say 'don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs', they mean that people shouldn't try to teach someone who has experience or is an expert in that area.
Which came first the chicken or the egg? - This idiomatic expression is used when it is not clear who or what caused something.
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs - This idiom means that in order to achieve something or make progress, there are often losers in the process.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., fr. Icel. egg,; akin to AS. æg,whence OE. ey,), Sw. ägg, Dan. æg, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. eggjaegg, an edge; cog. with A.S. ecg. See Edge.


In literature:

The general remedy in this case is milk, well mulled with eggs; or eggs and flour mixed with oil, melted butter, linseed or anniseed.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The plant comes from an egg, which is about the size of a quail's egg.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
I will take care of it, and then some day, when it lays eggs, you shall have all the eggs.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Break an egg into the middle, and turn it round with the stick till it is as hard as a poached egg.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
One ostrich egg is as big as sixteen hen's eggs.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Just as if your hens couldn't hatch ducks' eggs.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The yolks of 2 eggs may be used instead of 1 whole egg.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
The egg and the spermatozoid both consist of protoplasm containing a nucleus.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Their nesting habits and eggs are the same as the last species, except that the eggs may average a trifle larger.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
There was considerable delay with the second egg, but it appeared on the second or third day, and the third egg the following day.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs

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
The owls came out and flew about,
Hooting above the rest,
"No useful egg was ever hatched
From transcendental nest."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
News-hunting turkeys from afar
Now ran with all thin legs
To gobble facts and fictions of
The goose with golden eggs.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Farther away, wee fledglings
flop in the sea and drown:
surf makes the sea-cliff shudder
and sends eggs pattering down.
"Moon Island" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
I've seen 'em honey-fugle round,
And talk so awful sweet,
That you'd think them full of kindness
As an egg is full of meat.
"Aunt Chloe's Politics" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And here she paused to smooth her plumes,
Ruffled by many plagues;
When suddenly arose the cry,
"This goose lays golden eggs."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott

In news:

Deviled eggs or not, pimento cheese stuffed eggs makes any summer picnic complete.
Includes instructions for poaching quail eggs, poaching chicken eggs and poaching duck eggs.
Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, drain and place an egg atop each bunch of asparagus.
Now it looks as if you cannot call Easter eggs, Easter eggs anymore.
There is a choice of white feathered pullets that lay white shelled eggs or red feathered pullets that lay brown shelled eggs.
Leave it to England to play host to the 'sport' of egg Russian Roulette …where the loser literally leaves with egg on their face.
Yes you can make pancakes, muffins, and even scrambled eggs without milk or even real eggs.
Should you use white or brown eggs for scrambled eggs .
The fun of scrambled eggs is in creating your own masterpiece, and your kids will soon be ordering up or cooking their very own "eggs of the house" with a side of pride of ownership.
" Scrambled eggs and plain omelets will taste creamier if the eggs are beaten only until just mixed," Guidroz wrote.
Nest egg or serpent 's egg.
12 each jumbo, organic eggs (egg beaters or egg whites).
A little while back I wrote about Karen Camp at Ella's Deli making New York-style egg cream drinks, noting 'minus real eggs'.
Terlet's complete egg pasteurization system uses the Terlotherm scraped surface heat exchanger to pasteurize egg yolks up to 8% salt, egg whites or whole eggs.
The ovary follicles that contain the eggs begin to develop normally but do not rupture, and so the eggs do not release.

In science:

At the age of 2 Myrs, similar to the NGC6611 cluster whose bright stars evaporate the EGGs, young ob jects in the EGGs should show up in X-rays.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs
However, the EGGs, and possible ob jects in them, could be much younger – their age is not really known.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs
When viewed perpendicular to the orbital plane, spiral, broken spiral, and incomplete concentric shell patterns can be seen, while when viewed along the orbital plane, alternative concentric half-shell, egg-shell, and half-shell half-gap patterns will develop.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
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
Pattern types shown at the right bottom of each map are: sp – spiral; bsp – broken spiral; ics – incomplete circular shells; acs – alternative concentric shells; es – egg shells; and hshg – half-shell half-gap.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model