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Meaning of “egg” in the English Dictionary

"egg" in British English

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  • egg noun (FOOD)

A1 [C or U] the ​ovalobject with a hard ​shell that is ​produced by ​femalebirds, ​especiallychickens, ​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 ​ovalobject, often with a hard ​shell, that is ​produced by ​femalebirds and ​particularreptiles and ​insects, and ​contains a ​babyanimal 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 ​cellproduced by a woman or ​femaleanimal from which a ​baby can ​develop if it ​combines with a ​malesexcell: Identical ​twinsdevelop from a ​singlefertilized egg that then ​splits into two.

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

"egg" in American English

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eggnoun [C]

 us   /, eɪɡ/
  • egg noun [C] (REPRODUCTION)

biology an ​oval, ​roundedobject with a hard ​shellproduced by ​femalebirds and ​particularfemalereptiles, from which a ​babyanimal is ​born when it is ​developed biology An egg is also a ​cellproduced by a woman or ​femaleanimal from which a ​baby might ​develop if it ​combines with ​sperm from a ​male.
  • egg noun [C] (FOOD)

the ​oval or ​roundedobject with a hard ​shell that is ​produced by ​chickens, ​collected before a ​babybird can ​develop within it, and used as ​food: The ​recipecalls 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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