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English definition of “incubate”


verb [I or T] (EGG)    /ˈɪŋ.kjʊ.beɪt/
When a bird , etc. incubates its eggs , it keeps them warm until the young come out, and when eggs incubate, they develop to the stage at which the young come out: The female bird incubates the eggs for about 16 days .Ornithology and bird-watchingAnimal reproduction incubation     /ˌɪŋ.kjʊˈbeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] The incubation period varies depending on the time of year when the eggs were laid . In smallpox , there is an incubation period of 8–18 days between initial infection and first symptoms .Ornithology and bird-watchingAnimal reproductionBacteria, moulds, germs and virusesPassing on illness and causing disease
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