Compound of 玉 (tama, “ball”) + 子 (ko, “child, small thing”). The ko changes to go as an instance of rendaku (連濁).
玉子 (hiragana たまご, rōmaji tamago)
- an egg
- This term in Japanese is nearly as broad in use as English egg, indicating an egg as laid by various oviparous organisms, and egg as used in cooking. For the more specific biological sense of ovum, see 卵子 (ranshi).