(||E*ges"ta) n. pl. [NL., neut. pl. from p. p. of L. egere. See Egest.] (Physiol.) That which
is egested or thrown off from the body by the various excretory channels; excrements; opposed to
(E*ges"tion) n. [L. egestio.] Act or process of egesting; a voiding. Sir M. Hale.
(Egg) n. [OE., fr. Icel. egg; akin to AS. æg Sw. ägg, Dan. æg, G. & D. ei, and prob. to OSlav. aje,
jaje, L. ovum, Gr. 'w,o`n, Ir. ugh, Gael. ubh, and perh. to L. avis bird. Cf. Oval.]
1. (Popularly) The oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It
consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the "white" or albumen, and inclosed in a shell or strong membrane.
2. (Biol.) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ
3. Anything resembling an egg in form.
Egg is used adjectively, or as the first part of self-explaining compounds; as, egg beater or egg- beater,
egg case, egg ladle, egg-shaped, etc.
Egg and anchor (Arch.), an egg-shaped ornament, alternating with another in the form of a dart, used
to enrich the ovolo; called also egg and dart, and egg and tongue. See Anchor, n., 5. Ogilvie.
Egg cleavage (Biol.), a process of cleavage or segmentation, by which the egg undergoes endogenous
division with formation of a mass of nearly similar cells, from the growth and differentiation of which the
new organism is ultimately formed. See Segmentation of the ovum, under Segmentation. Egg
development (Biol.), the process of the development of an egg, by which the embryo is formed.
Egg mite (Zoöl.), any mite which devours the eggs of insects, as Nothrus ovivorus, which destroys
those of the canker worm. Egg parasite (Zoöl.), any small hymenopterous insect, which, in the
larval stage, lives within the eggs of other insects. Many genera and species are known.
(Egg), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Egged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Egging ] [OE. eggen, Icel. eggja, fr. egg
edge. . See Edge.] To urge on; to instigate; to incite
Adam and Eve he egged to ill.Piers Plowman.
[She] did egg him on to tellWarner.
How fair she was.
(Eg"gar) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoöl.) Any bombycid moth of the genera Eriogaster and Lasiocampa; as,
the oak eggar (L. roboris) of Europe.
(Egg"-bird`) n. (Zoöl.) A species of tern, esp. the sooty tern (Sterna fuliginosa) of the West
Indies. In the Bahama Islands the name is applied to the tropic bird, Phaëthon flavirostris.
(Egg"-cup`) n. A cup used for holding an egg, at table.
(Eg"ge*ment) n. [Egg, v. t. + -ment.] Instigation; incitement. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Egg"er) n. [See Egg, n.] One who gathers eggs; an eggler.
(Egg"er), n. [See Egg, v. t.] One who eggs or incites.
(Egg"er*y) n. A place where eggs are deposited (as by sea birds) or kept; a nest of eggs. [R.]
(Egg"-glass`) n. A small sandglass, running about three minutes, for marking time in boiling
eggs; also, a small glass for holding an egg, at table.