brood

/br╦łud/

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meanings

noun:

  1. The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
  2. Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
  3. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
  4. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
  5. The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
  6. Parentage.
  7. The children in one family; offspring.

verb:

  1. To be bred.
  2. (typically with about or over) To dwell upon moodily and at length, mainly alone.
  3. To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  4. To protect (something that is gradually maturing); to foster.

adjective:

  1. Kept or reared for breeding, said of animals.

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