verb: spawn; 3rd person present: spawns; past tense: spawned; past participle: spawned; gerund or present participle: spawning
1. (of a fish, frog, mollusc, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs.
"the fish spawn among fine-leaved plants"
2. derogatory (of a person) produce (offspring). or produce or generate a large number of.
example: "why had she married a man who could spawn a boy like that?"
"the decade spawned a bewildering variety of books on the forces"
synonyms: give rise to, bring about, occasion, generate, engender, originate, lead to, result in, effect, induce, initiate, start, set off; More
breed, bear, give birth to;
provoke, precipitate, spark off, trigger;
contribute to, make for, be conducive to, foster, promote;
"he wrote in a dry style that spawned hundreds of imitations"
3. the mycelium of a fungus, especially a cultivated mushroom.
"a supplier of spawn for shiitake mushrooms"
late Middle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French espaundre ‘to shed roe’, variant of Old French espandre ‘pour out’, from Latin expandere ‘expand’.
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