- (of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs；(of a fish, frog, etc.) be laid as eggs
- the eggs of fish, frogs, etc.；the process of producing spawn
verb: spawn, 3rd person present: spawns, gerund or present participle: spawning, past tense: spawned, past participle: spawned
- 1. (of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs the fish spawn among fine-leaved plants a large brood is spawned
- ▪ (of a fish, frog, etc.) be laid as eggs the fish can locate the precise stream in which they were spawned
- ▪ (of a character or object in a video game) appear at a certain point in the game then they enter the undead land where defenders will spawn to fight against them players can spawn a ghost ship to confuse foes
- 2. derogatory (of a person) produce (offspring) why had she married a man who could spawn a boy like that?
- ▪ produce or generate, especially in large numbers the decade spawned a bewildering variety of books on the forces
- ▪ generate (a dependent or subordinate computer process).
- 1. the eggs of fish, frogs, etc. the fish covers its spawn with gravel
- ▪ the process of producing spawn lax regulations, especially during the spawn, are responsible for the declining populations
- 2. derogatory the product or offspring of a person or place (used to express distaste or disgust) the spawn of chaos: demons and sorcerers
- 3. the mycelium of a fungus, especially a cultivated mushroom a supplier of spawn for shiitake mushrooms
- (of a fish, frog, mollusc, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs: the fish spawn among fine-leaved plants
- the eggs of fish, frogs, etc.: the fish covers its spawn with gravel