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egg1 British & World English

An oval or round object laid by a female bird, reptile, fish, or invertebrate, usually containing a developing embryo. The eggs of birds are enclosed in a chalky shell, while those of reptiles are in a leathery membrane

egg2 British & World English

Encourage someone to do something foolish or risky

sea egg British & World English

A sea urchin

egg cup British & World English

A small cup for holding a boiled egg upright while it is being eaten

egg sac British & World English

A protective silken pouch in which a female spider deposits her eggs

over-egg British & World English

Go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something

shell egg British & World English

An egg bought or sold in its natural state in the shell

egg-bound British & World English

(Of a hen) unable through weakness or disease to expel its eggs

egg cream British & World English

A drink consisting of milk and soda water, flavoured with syrup

egg roll British & World English

A Chinese-style snack similar to a spring roll, consisting of diced meat or prawns and shredded vegetables wrapped in a dough made with egg and deep-fried

egg timer British & World English

A device for timing the cooking of a boiled egg, traditionally a sealed glass container with a narrow neck in the middle through which, when the flask is inverted, sand flows for a fixed amount of time

egg tooth British & World English

A hard white protuberance on the beak or jaw of an embryo bird or reptile that is used for breaking out of the shell and is later lost

egg white British & World English

The clear, viscous substance round the yolk of an egg that turns white when cooked or beaten

goose egg British & World English

A zero score in a game

nest egg British & World English

A sum of money saved for the future

robin's-egg British & World English

A greenish-blue colour

Scotch egg British & World English

A hard-boiled egg enclosed in sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried

Easter egg British & World English

An artificial chocolate egg or decorated hard-boiled egg given at Easter

egg beater British & World English

A kitchen utensil used for beating ingredients such as eggs or cream

egg custard British & World English

A custard made with milk and eggs, typically sweetened and baked

egg-shaped British & World English

Having the oval shape of an egg

egg tempera British & World English

An emulsion of pigment and egg yolk, used in tempera painting

scrambled egg British & World English

A dish of eggs prepared by beating them with a little liquid and then cooking and stirring gently

curate's egg British & World English

A thing that is partly good and partly bad

lay an egg British & World English

Be completely unsuccessful

egg and dart British & World English

A motif of alternating eggs and darts, used to enrich an ovolo molding

egg-eating snake British & World English

An Old World snake which swallows birds' eggs

duck-egg blue British & World English

A soft, turquoise-blue shade

chicken-and-egg British & World English

Denoting a situation in which each of two things appears to be necessary to the other

poached egg fungus British & World English

Another term for porcelain fungus.

go suck an egg British & World English

Used as an expression of anger or scorn

egg-and-spoon race British & World English

A race, typically run by children, in which each runner has to hold an egg balanced in a spoon

lay an egg in egg1 British & World English

Be completely unsuccessful

with egg on one's face British & World English

Appearing foolish or ridiculous

chicken-and-egg in chicken British & World English

Denoting a situation in which each of two things appears to be necessary to the other

go suck an egg in egg1 British & World English

Used as an expression of anger or scorn

egghead British & World English

A highly academic or studious person; an intellectual

eggnog British & World English

A drink consisting of rum, brandy, or other alcohol mixed with beaten egg, milk, and sugar

egg flip in eggnog British & World English

A drink consisting of rum, brandy, or other alcohol mixed with beaten egg, milk, and sugar

yolk British & World English

The yellow internal part of a bird’s egg, which is surrounded by the white, is rich in protein and fat, and nourishes the developing embryo

eggplant British & World English

Another term for aubergine.

with egg on one's face in egg1 British & World English

Appearing foolish or ridiculous

darning mushroom British & World English

A mushroom-shaped (or egg-shaped) piece of wood or other smooth hard material used to stretch and support material being darned

darning egg in darning mushroom British & World English

A mushroom-shaped (or egg-shaped) piece of wood or other smooth hard material used to stretch and support material being darned

scrambled eggs in scrambled egg British & World English

A dish of eggs prepared by beating them with a little liquid and then cooking and stirring gently

eggs and bacon British & World English

Any of a number of plants with yellow flowers marked with orange, red, or brown, supposedly suggestive of eggs and bacon, in particular:


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