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broody +‎ -ness


broodiness (uncountable)

  1. The state of being broody
    • 1998 March 6, Cecil Adams, “The Straight Dope”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      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[2]:
      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[3]:
      When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.