brood

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See also: Brood and Brööd

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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), Low German Broot (spawn, breeding, incubation, brood), 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.
    • 2017 May 13, Barney Ronay, “Antonio Conte’s brilliance has turned Chelsea’s pop-up team into champions”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Conte had arrived a week early despite spending his summer with Italy at the Euros. Exhausted, he went home during the international break to see his family and brood.
  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 (with adpositions generally being either about or over)
    • 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 Middle Dutch brôot, from Old Dutch *brōd, from Proto-Germanic *braudą.

Noun[edit]

Gesneden wittebrood
Sliced white bread

brood n (plural broden, diminutive broodje n)

  1. 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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