- Zoology. the mass of eggs deposited by fishes, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, etc.
- Mycology. the mycelium of mushrooms, especially of the species grown for the market.
- Usually Disparaging. a swarming brood; numerous progeny:Diners at the restaurant were annoyed by the two inconsiderate parents and their unruly spawn.
- any person or thing regarded as the offspring of some stock, idea, etc.
- of or relating to the spawning of a character or item in a video game:a spawn point;the spawn rate.
- to deposit eggs or sperm directly into the water, as fishes.
- (of a character or item in a video game) to originate at a fixed point in an existing game environment:An enemy character just spawned right on top of me!
- to produce (spawn).
- to give birth to; give rise to: His sudden disappearance spawned many rumors.
- to produce in large number.
- to plant with mycelium.
Origin of spawn
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Examples from the Web for spawning
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.The Best Albums of 2014
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I mean, can you imagine Blazing Saddles being released today without it spawning multiple lawsuits and a trillion thinkpieces?Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Is Yet Another Failed Spoof
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But it did, spawning books, blogs, and movies—and there is little sign of the case going away anytime soon.Italian Court Explains Why It Overturned Amanda Knox’s Acquittal
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June 19, 2013
But the film has achieved a kind of cult status, spawning two direct-to-DVD sequels and an upcoming Spider-Man-like reboot.What Happened to Big-Screen Hunk Casper Van Dien?
July 11, 2012
Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics of the national anthem, spawning a public uproar.How Many Americans Know the Star Spangled Banner?
February 10, 2011
For months she had fed on lean and tasteless trout exhausted by spawning.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
The spawning fish, flabby and useless, are killed in winter.Angling Sketches
These illustrate the spawning method of solving the problem of survival.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
He said it was a spawning bed, and I ought to put the twenty-nine back.A Pessimist
The first point is explained by the fact that these fish die after spawning.Fishing in British Columbia
Thomas Wilson Lambert
- the mass of eggs deposited by fish, amphibians, or molluscs
- often derogatory offspring, product, or yield
- botany the nontechnical name for mycelium
- (of fish, amphibians, etc) to produce or deposit (eggs)
- often derogatory (of people) to produce (offspring)
- (tr) to produce or engender
Word Origin and History for spawning
early 15c., from Anglo-French espaundre, Old French espandre "to spread out, pour out," from Latin expandere (see expand). The notion is of a "spreading out" of fish eggs released in water. The meaning "to engender, give rise to" is attested from 1590s. Related: Spawned; spawning.
early 15c., from spawn (v.); figurative sense of "brood, offspring" is from 1580s.
- The eggs of water animals such as fish, amphibians, and mollusks.
- Offspring produced in large numbers.
- To lay eggs; produce spawn.