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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”).
brood (plural broods)
- 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.
- Bible, Luke xiii. 34
- (uncountable) The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
- Flocks of the airy brood, / (Cranes, geese or long-necked swans).
- (mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive) To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
- In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.
- (transitive) To protect.
- Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.
- (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.
- when with downcast eyes we muse and brood
brood (plural brode)
- (by extension) Similar bakery product or other baked dish
- (metonymically) livelihood, especially in expressions like dagelijks brood
- zoete broodjes bakken