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eggnoun

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  • egg noun (FOOD)

A1 [C or U] the oval object with a hard shell that is produced by female birds, especially chickens, eaten as food: a hard-boiled/soft-boiled egg How do you like your eggs - fried or boiled?
[C] an object that is made in the shape of a bird's egg: a chocolate/marble egg

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  • egg noun (REPRODUCTION)

B2 [C] an oval object, often with a hard shell, that is produced by female birds and particular reptiles and insects, and contains a baby animal that comes out when it is developed: The cuckoo lays her egg in another bird's nest. After fourteen days the eggs hatch.
[C] a cell produced by a woman or female animal from which a baby can develop if it combines with a male sex cell: Identical twins develop from a single fertilized egg that then splits into two.

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(Definition of egg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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eggnoun [C]

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  • egg noun [C] (REPRODUCTION)

biology an oval, rounded object with a hard shell produced by female birds and particular female reptiles, from which a baby animal is born when it is developed
biology An egg is also a cell produced by a woman or female animal from which a baby might develop if it combines with sperm from a male.
  • egg noun [C] (FOOD)

the oval or rounded object with a hard shell that is produced by chickens, collected before a baby bird can develop within it, and used as food: The recipe calls for four eggs and a pint of milk. I’d like two scrambled eggs with bacon, please.
(Definition of egg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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