Spawn en

Meanings

  1. (v. t.) To bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt.
  2. (v. t.) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.
  3. (v. i.) To deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do.
  4. (v. i.) To issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously.
  5. (v. t.) The ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic animals.
  6. (v. t.) The white fibrous matter forming the matrix from which fungi.
  7. (v. t.) Any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously.
  8. (v. t.) To produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do.
Word: spawn
Pronunciation of spawn: 'spon, 'spän
Function of spawn: verb
Origin of spawn: Middle English, from Anglo-French espaundre, from Old French espandre to spread out, expand, from Latin expandere
intransitive senses
1 : to deposit spawn
2 : to produce young especially in large numbers
transitive senses
1 a : to produce or deposit (eggs) -- used of an aquatic animal b : to induce (fish) to spawn c : to plant with mushroom spawn
2 : BRING FORTH, GENERATE
- spawn·er noun

Synonyms of spawn

Breed, Engender,

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