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Dictionary Definition

spawn n : the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs


1 call forth [syn: engender, breed]
2 lay spawn; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"

User Contributed Dictionary



from spawne, spawnen, from Anglo-Norman espaundre, from expandere.



  1. To deposit eggs in water, as fish.
  2. To reproduce, especially in large numbers.
  3. To produce (eggs) in great number.
  4. To bring into being, especially in very large numbers
  5. To bring forth non-mammalian beings.

Derived terms


  1. The fertilized eggs of aquatic organisms
  2. offspring

Extensive Definition

The word spawn can have several meanings:
spawn in French: Spawn
spawn in Italian: Spawn
spawn in Dutch: Spawn
spawn in Polish: Spawn

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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