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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: espaundre, from Old French espandre 'to spread out', from Latin expandere; EXPAND

spawn

1 verb
     
spawn1
1 [transitive] to make a series of things happen or start to exist:
New technology has spawned new business opportunities.
2 [intransitive and transitive]HBAHBF if a fish or frog spawns, it produces eggs in large quantities at the same time
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