From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_082_eeggegg1 /eɡ/ ●●● S1 W2 noun 1 bird [countable]HB a round object with a hard surface, that contains a baby bird, snake, insect etc and which is produced by a female bird, snake, insect etc Blackbirds lay their eggs in March. an ostrich egg The eggs hatch
(=break open to allow the baby out) in 26 days.2 DFfood [countable, uncountable] an egg, especially one from a chicken, that is used for foodfried/poached/boiled etc eggs Joe always has bacon and egg for breakfast. Whisk the egg white
(=the white part) until stiff. Beat in two of the egg yolks
(=the yellow part). → scrambled egg3 egg shape [countable] something the same shape as an egg a chocolate Easter egg → Easter egg4 animals/people [countable]HBH a cell produced by a woman or female animal that combines with sperm (=male cell) to make a baby syn ovum5 → (have) egg on your face6 → put all your eggs in one basket7 → lay an egg8 → good egg → kill the goose that lays the golden egg at kill1(14), → nest egg
Examples from the Corpusegg• We had fried eggs for breakfast.• In an invasive procedure, a doctor could extract one of her eggs and try to fertilize it in a test tube.• Her egg will therefore grow into a small, stunted wasp.• One large egg, for instance, contains about 213 milligrams of cholesterol.• Only after several days does it fuse with the egg and so complete the long process of fertilisation.• The eggs had been microwaved, minus their shells, but with the yolks still intact.• There were the hens to be fed, their eggs to be collected.• Brush top of pie with egg.lay ... eggs• Adults grow to varying sizes, depending on food available, and lay eggs in late summer.• They will come flying up against the wind and lay their eggs, which will soon turn into white grubs.• Instead, it lays its eggs in nests of other birds, and depends on others to hatch and raise its young.• And they mate, laying their eggs in the shallow tepid pools.• They lay their eggs in midwinter, incubating their eggs and chicks through many blizzards.• In the Nematoda, the sexes are separate and the males are generally smaller than the females which lay eggs or larvae.fried/poached/boiled etc eggs• The next morning Mollie and I resumed the polishing and dusting after eating our muesli and boiled eggs.• We sat at the kitchen table eating bread, cheese, fried eggs and drank coffee.• Instant scrambled eggs, frozen fried eggs, canned eggnog, and many other convenient egg foods are being market tested.• Well, I love boiled eggs every day.• Aunt Edie served up a supper of fried eggs, bacon and tomatoes with bread and butter.• They breakfasted on sugared porridge, boiled eggs, bread and butter, and a pot of tea.• On the same block they went into a cafeteria and ordered two fried eggs for Isaac.• On it there was boiled eggs and things.