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Definitions of egg:

part of speech: verb transitive

To urge on or incite.

part of speech: verb transitive

To instigate.

part of speech: noun

The oval or roundish body laid by birds and certain other animals, from which their young are produced; something shaped like an egg; the germ or first principle of anything.

part of speech: noun

A roundish body produced by the females of birds and certain other animals, out of which a creature is produced of a like kind; the spawn of fishes, & c.

part of speech: verb

To urge on; to incite.

part of speech: noun

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 foetus takes place. Regarded physiologically there are three essential parts in an egg, viz. the germinal spot, or Wagnerian vesicle; the germinal, or Purkingean vesicle; and the vitellus or yolk- the first being contained in the germinal vesicle, which again is contained within the body of the yolk. The eggs of most animals lower than the bird have no more than these three parts. The eggs of birds, however, have, besides these, the white, or albumen, and the shell, which consists of a membrane coated with carbonate of lime. The yolk consists of a strong solution of albumen, in which multitudes of minute globules of oil are suspended. A hen's egg of good size weighs about 1000 grains, of which the white constitutes 600, the yolk 300, and the shell 100. Eggs of domestic fowls, and of certain wild fowls, as the plover, gulls, etc., are an important article of commerce, and furnish a wholesome, nutritious, and very pleasant article of diet. The eggs of turtles are also held in high esteem. Animals whose young do not leave the egg till after it is laid are called oviparous; those in which the eggs are retained within the parent body until they are hatched are called ovoviviparous.

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