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egg (n.)

"在所有动物的雌性体内形成的身体(除少数最低类型的动物外),通过受孕,胎儿的发育就在其中进行",14世纪中叶, egge ,多见于英格兰北部方言,来自古北欧语 egg ,来自原日耳曼语 *ajja(m) (来源也是古撒克逊语、中荷兰语、荷兰语、古高德语、德语 ei ,哥特语 ada ),可能来自PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "蛋"(来源也是古教会斯拉夫语 aja ,俄语 jajco ,布列塔尼语 ui ,威尔士语 wy ,希腊语 ōon ,拉丁语 ovum )。可能来自根 *awi- "鸟"。"

这个源自北欧的北欧词在中原英语中与本土同源词 eyeeai ,从古英语 æg ,直到16世纪后终于取代了其他词。卡克斯顿(15世纪)写道,一个商人(可能是北国人)在泰晤士河上的一个公馆里问他要鸡蛋。

And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges, and she understode hym not. 

不过,她倒是认出了另一位顾客的"eyren"要求。用在人身上,从17世纪 。 Bad egg 的形象意义上是1855年的;坏蛋并不总是显而易见的外在形象(有句古谚语,"坏鸟坏蛋")。到 have egg on (one's) face "看傻了"是1948年的证明。

[Young & Rubincam] realize full well that a crew can sometimes make or break a show. It can do little things to ruin a program or else, by giving it its best, can really get that all-important rating. They are mindful of an emcee of a variety show who already has been tabbed "old egg in your face" because the crew has managed to get him in such awkward positions on the TV screen. [Billboard, March 5, 1949] 

We don't have egg on our face. We have omelet all over our suits. [NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, some time past 3 a.m. ET on Nov. 8, 2000, after the U.S. television networks called a winner, then retracted the call, in the Bush-Gore presidential election]

Eggs Benedict 到1898年,"看起来很傻"的说法得到证实;各种本尼迪克特被引用为同名词,而这道菜本身据说起源于纽约的Waldorf-Astoria或Delmonico's。语词的代表人物在 to have (or put) all (one's) eggs in one basket "把自己所有的东西都投入到一次投机或投资中去"的说法在1660年代就已得到证实。鸡(或母鸡)和蛋的难题在1875年得到证实。

Bumble, bramble, which came first, sir,
Eggs or chickens? Who can tell?
I'll never believe that the first egg burst, sir,
Before its mother was out of her shell.
[Mary Mapes Dodge, "Rhymes and Jingles," N.Y., 1875]

egg (v.)

"煽动、催促、鼓励、唆使",13世纪 ,来自古北欧语 eggja "怂恿、煽动",来自 egg "边缘"(见 edge (n.))。不相关的动词 egg (n.),到1808年在烹饪中,"用鸡蛋覆盖或混合";"用(烂)鸡蛋砸"的意思是1857年。相关链接: Egged ; egging

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Definitions of egg from WordNet
1
egg (n.)
animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds;
egg (n.)
oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food;
Synonyms: eggs
egg (n.)
one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens;
Synonyms: testis / testicle / orchis / ball / ballock / bollock / nut
2
egg (v.)
throw eggs at;
egg (v.)
coat with beaten egg;
egg a schnitzel
From wordnet.princeton.edu