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English definition of “spawn”

spawn

noun [U]  /spɔn/ us  
the eggs of fish

spawn

verb [I/T]  /spɔn/ us  
(esp. of fish) to lay eggs: [I] Salmon swim up rivers and streams to spawn. [T] fig. Generous loans have spawned hundreds of small businesses (= caused them to be started).
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