a family of young animals, especially of a bird, produced at one hatching or birth:a brood of chicks
bee or wasp larvae.
informal all of the children in a family:he was the youngest in a brood of six figurativea remarkable brood of writers
1 [no object] think deeply about something that makes one unhappy:he brooded over his need to find a wife
2 [with object] (of a bird) sit on (eggs) to hatch them.
(of a fish, frog, or invertebrate) hold (developing eggs) within the body.
3 [usually followed by over] (of silence, a storm, etc.) hang or hover closely:a winter storm broods over the lake
(of an animal) kept to be used for breeding:a brood mare
Old Englishbrōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broed and German Brut, also to breed. sense 1 of the verb was originally used with an object, i.e., 'to nurse (feelings) in the mind' (late 16th century), a figurative use of the notion of a hen nursing chicks under her wings