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Origin of spawn

1350–1400; Middle English spawnen (v.), probably <Anglo-French espaundre (Old French espandre) to expand

OTHER WORDS FROM spawn

spawner, nounun·spawned, adjective
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How to use spawn in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for spawn

spawn
/ (spɔːn) /

noun
the mass of eggs deposited by fish, amphibians, or molluscs
often derogatory offspring, product, or yield
botany the nontechnical name for mycelium
verb
(of fish, amphibians, etc) to produce or deposit (eggs)
often derogatory (of people) to produce (offspring)
(tr) to produce or engender

Derived forms of spawn

spawner, noun

Word Origin for spawn

C14: from Anglo-Norman espaundre, from Old French spandre to spread out, expand
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Scientific definitions for spawn

spawn
[ spôn ]

Noun
The eggs of water animals such as fish, amphibians, and mollusks.
Offspring produced in large numbers.
Verb
To lay eggs; produce spawn.
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