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- The state of being broody
- 1998 March 6, Cecil Adams, “The Straight Dope”, in Chicago Reader:
- In contrast, egg-producing white leghorn chickens have had the broodiness bred out of them.
- 1991 September 13, Ted Shen, “Composing Women”, in Chicago Reader:
- Bohmes Liebeslied, for flute and piano, is arresting in its low-key broodiness; Bittersweet Music I, its piccolo a lonely bird in its nervous twitters, continued the despairing mood.
- 1911, Milo M. Hastings, The Dollar Hen:
- When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.