the roundish reproductive body produced by the female of certain animals, as birds and most reptiles, consisting of an ovum and its envelope of albumen, jelly, membranes, egg case, or shell, according to species.
such a body produced by a domestic bird, especially the hen.
to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.
Idioms about egg
egg on one's face, Informal. humiliation or embarrassment resulting from having said or done something foolish or unwise: They were afraid to back the losing candidate and wind up with egg on their faces.
lay an egg, Informal. to fail wretchedly, especially to be unsuccessful in front of an audience: He laid an egg as the romantic hero.
put all one's eggs in one basket, to venture all of something that one possesses in a single enterprise.
walk on eggs, to walk or act very cautiously.
- eggless, adjective
- eggy, adjective
Other definitions for egg (2 of 2)
to incite or urge; encourage (usually followed by on).
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How to use egg in a sentence
In a large bowl, mix the pressed ricotta, egg, olive oil, Parmesan, chives, lemon zest, salt, and pepper thoroughly.Ease into Winter with Backcountry-Approved Comfort Food | Christina Bernstein | November 12, 2020 | Outside Online
Both parents incubate, the female at night, and they virtually never leave the eggs unattended.Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart | Laura Erickson | November 6, 2020 | Popular-Science
She needs live sperm — male reproductive cells — to fertilize her eggs and produce baby bees.Learning what stresses queen bees could save their hives | Sharon Oosthoek | October 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
Keeping livestock animals free of disease and death ensured a steady supply of meat, milk and eggs for Americans, and protected producers’ incomes.The idea of herd immunity to manage the coronavirus should ring alarm bells | Rebecca Kaplan | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Inherited genes are activated or inactivated to build a unique individual from a fertilized egg, but cells also constantly turn specific genes on and off throughout life to make the proteins cells need to function.The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression | R. Douglas Fields | October 27, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
It was the “parlor floor” of an old brownstone house—two rooms, with eggy table-cloths, and moldings of dusty stucco.The Job | Sinclair Lewis
I remembered that each morning there had been an egg, and that eggy puddings had appeared at the other meals.In the Mountains | Elizabeth von Arnim
The four little Blossoms, eggy and milky, followed Jud up to the house.Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm | Mabel C. Hawley
No wonder Eggy is some agitated, after bein' hauled down two flights in that fashion!Shorty McCabe on the Job | Sewell Ford
Eggy dashes off, and after a lively jabberin' below comes back with his selected specimens.Shorty McCabe on the Job | Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for egg (1 of 2)
the oval or round reproductive body laid by the females of birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, and some other animals, consisting of a developing embryo, its food store, and sometimes jelly or albumen, all surrounded by an outer shell or membrane
Also called: egg cell any female gamete; ovum
the egg of the domestic hen used as food
something resembling an egg, esp in shape or in being in an early stage of development
bad egg old-fashioned, informal
a bad person
an exclamation of dismay
good egg old-fashioned, informal
a good person
an exclamation of delight
lay an egg slang, mainly US and Canadian
to make a joke or give a performance, etc, that fails completely
(of a joke, performance, etc) to fail completely; flop
put all one's eggs in one basket or have all one's eggs in one basket to stake everything on a single venture
teach one's grandmother to suck eggs to presume to teach someone something that he knows already
with egg on one's face informal made to look ridiculous
to dip (food) in beaten egg before cooking
US informal to throw eggs at
British Dictionary definitions for egg (2 of 2)
(tr usually foll by on) to urge or incite, esp to daring or foolish acts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for egg
The larger, usually nonmotile female reproductive cell of most organisms that reproduce sexually. Eggs are haploid (they have half the number of chromosomes as the other cells in the organism's body). During fertilization, the nucleus of an egg cell fuses with the nucleus of a sperm cell (the male reproductive cell) to form a new diploid organism. In animals, eggs are spherical, covered by a membrane, and usually produced by the ovaries. In some simple aquatic animals, eggs are fertilized and develop outside the body. In some terrestrial animals, such as insects, reptiles and birds, eggs are fertilized inside the body but are incubated outside the body, protected by durable, waterproof membranes (shells) until the young hatch. In mammals, eggs produced in the ovaries are fertilized inside the body and (except in the cases of monotremes) develop in the reproductive tract until birth. The human female fetus possesses all of the eggs that she will ever have; every month after the onset of puberty, one of these eggs matures and is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube, where it is either fertilized or discarded during menstruation. In many plants (such as the bryophytes, ferns, and gymnosperms) eggs are produced by flasked-shaped structures known as archegonia. In gymnosperms and angiosperms, eggs are enclosed within ovules. In angiosperms, the ovules are enclosed within ovaries. See also oogenesis.
In many animals, a structure consisting of this reproductive cell together with nutrients and often a protective covering. The embryo develops within this structure if the reproductive cell is fertilized. The egg is often laid outside the body, but the female of ovoviviparous species may keep it inside the body until after hatching.
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Cultural definitions for egg
A female gamete.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with egg
In addition to the idioms beginning with egg
- egg in your beer
- egg on
- egg on one's face, have
- bad egg
- good egg
- goose egg
- kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
- lay an egg
- put all one's eggs in one basket
- walk on eggs
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