brood

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English brood, brod, from Old English brōd (brood; foetus; breeding, hatching), from Proto-Germanic *brōduz (heat, breeding), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē- (breath, mist, vapour, steam). Cognate with Scots brude, brod (brood, child, offspring), Dutch broed (spawn), German Brut (breeding, progeny, incubation, brood).

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brood (plural broods)

  1. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
    • Bible, Luke xiii. 34
      As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
  2. (uncountable) The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
  3. The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
  4. The children in one family.
  5. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
    • Chapman
      Flocks of the airy brood, / (Cranes, geese or long-necked swans).
  6. (mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.

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brood (third-person singular simple present broods, present participle brooding, simple past and past participle brooded)

  1. (transitive) To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
    In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.
  2. (transitive) To protect.
    Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.
  3. (intransitive) To dwell upon moodily and at length.
    He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne
      Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit.
    • Tennyson
      when with downcast eyes we muse and brood

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch brood.

Noun[edit]

brood (plural brode)

  1. bread

Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *brōd, from Proto-Germanic *braudą. Compare German Brot, Low German Broot, Brot, West Frisian brea, English bread, Danish brød.

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Gesneden wittebrood
Sliced white bread

brood n (plural broden, diminutive broodje n)

  1. A bread
  2. (by extension) Similar bakery product or other baked dish
  3. (metonymically) livelihood, especially in expressions like dagelijks brood

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English brād.

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brood

  1. broad

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