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SPAWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spawn mean? 

SPAWN (noun)
  The noun SPAWN has 1 sense:

1. the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

  Familiarity information: SPAWN used as a noun is very rare.


SPAWN (verb)
  The verb SPAWN has 2 senses:

1. call forth
2. lay spawn

  Familiarity information: SPAWN used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPAWN (noun)


Sense 1spawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("spawn" is a kind of...):

egg (animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spawn"):

roe (the egg mass or spawn of certain crustaceans such as the lobster)


SPAWN (verb)


Sense 1spawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Call forth

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

breed; engender; spawn

Hypernyms (to "spawn" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2spawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lay spawn

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

The salmon swims upstream to spawn

Hypernyms (to "spawn" is one way to...):

lay (lay eggs)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spawn"):

spat (spawn)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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