spawn

spawn [spôn]
vt., vi.
[ME spaunnen (for * spaunden) < Anglo-Fr espaundre < OFr espandre, to shed < L expandere: see EXPAND]
1. to produce or deposit (eggs, sperm, or young)
2. to bring forth or be the source of (esp. something regarded with contempt and produced in great numbers)
3. Hort. to plant with spawn, or mycelium
n.
1. the mass of eggs or young produced by fish, mollusks, crustaceans, amphibians, etc.
2. something produced, esp. in great quantity; specif., numerous offspring or progeny: usually contemptuous
3. the mycelium of fungi, esp. of mushrooms grown to be eaten

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
(of fish or of frogs), / , , / , (from which fungi originate), , , ,


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