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▪ For two days nothing happened, but on the third morning I checked the tank and found that the fish had spawned.
▪ While the fish are spawning the females can be pushed into shallow water or even out of the pond.
▪ High protein foods are also needed in conditioning for spawning, especially for hen fish, and after spawning to restore condition.
▪ It makes a good spawning medium, my fish spawned this spring and none of them lost a single scale.
▪ This is a difficult fish to spawn in the aquarium, and when it spawned successfully, few eggs may be produced.
▪ Brood size Neon Tetras are an easy fish to spawn, but it is not an easy feat to raise large broods.
▪ The fish will spawn among the fine-leaved plants.
▪ After the fish have spawned, remove the adults to prevent them from turning cannibal and eating the eggs.
▪ Markowitz's two-parameter model spawned an academic industry engaged in exploring the ramifications of the investor behaviour implied in the original formulation.
▪ That in turn has spawned a growing industry in the trafficking of women.
▪ The Arab-Israeli War of 1973 spawned the 1973 oil crisis.
▪ I have a cynical notion that all religious revivals spawn from times of extreme economic disparity.
▪ It also involved the fate of the greatest spawning run of salmon in the world.
▪ The Mac creators are emblematic of a new kind of artist spawned by the protean nature of the computer.
▪ The shortages naturally spawned corruption as officials, themselves impoverished, exchanged favors for bribes.
▪ There is no mechanism whereby clouds of particular shapes can spawn daughter clouds resembling themselves.
▪ Through the information technologies they have spawned, computers step up the pace of the ticking.
▪ When the Discus spawn the eggs will hatch in 60 hours.
▪ An older pair tending their spawn.
▪ Daemon spawn won't be able to home in and manifest themselves.
▪ It appears from monitoring equipment on individual trout that about 75 percent of these fish are from natural spawn.
▪ She then releases the spawn, trailing it in and amongst the stems and foliage of submerged plant life.
▪ Triumph followed triumph for the spawn of Naggaroth.
▪ We're all children of the Serpent, the spawn of the Form Manipulator.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spawn \Spawn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Spawning.] [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  1. To produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do.

  2. To bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt.

    One edition [of books] spawneth another.


Spawn \Spawn\, v. i.

  1. To deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do.

  2. To issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously.


Spawn \Spawn\, n. [[root]170. See Spawn, v. t.]

  1. The ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic animals.

  2. Any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously.

  3. (Hort.) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.

  4. (Bot.) The white fibrous matter forming the matrix from which fungi.

    Spawn eater (Zo["o]l.), a small American cyprinoid fish ( Notropis Hudsonius) allied to the dace.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, intransitive, from Anglo-French espaundre, Old French espandre "to spread out, pour out, scatter, strew, spawn (of fish)" (Modern French épandre), from Latin expandere (see expand). The notion is of a "spreading out" of fish eggs released in water. The transitive meaning "to engender, give rise to" is attested from 1590s. Related: Spawned; spawning.


late 15c., "fish eggs," from spawn (v.); figurative sense of "brood, offspring," and, insultingly, of persons, is from 1580s.


n. 1 The numerous eggs of an aquatic organism. 2 Mushroom mycelium prepared for (aided) propagation. 3 (context by extension sometimes derogatory English) Any germ or seed, even a figurative source; offspring. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To produce or deposit (eggs) in water. 2 (context transitive English) To generate, bring into being, especially non-mammalian beings in very large numbers. 3 (context transitive English) To bring forth in general. 4 (context transitive English) To induce (aquatic organisms) to spawn 5 (context transitive English) To plant with fungal spawn 6 (context intransitive English) To deposit (numerous) eggs in water. 7 (context intransitive English) To reproduce, especially in large numbers. 8 (context ergative video games of a character or object English) (To cause) to appear spontaneously in a game at a certain point and time.

  1. n. the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

  2. v. call forth [syn: engender, breed]

  3. lay spawn; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"


SPAWN, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, is a project of the Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization.

SPAWN's stated mission is to "protect endangered salmon in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed and the environment on which we all depend." SPAWN uses a multi-faceted approach to accomplish their mission including grassroots action, habitat restoration, policy development, research and monitoring, citizen training, environmental education, strategic litigation, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies.

Spawn (handheld game)

Spawn, by Konami for the Game Boy Color video game system, is a side-scrolling action based game based on the Spawn comic book character. The game was noted for its extensive use of digitized speech in cutscenes, a largely uncommon feature in Game Boy games.

Spawn (comics)

Spawn is a fictional character, an anti-hero that appears in a monthly comic book of the same name published by Image Comics as well as annual compilations, mini-series specials written by guest authors and artists and numerous cross-over story-lines in other comic books. Created by Todd McFarlane, the character first appeared in Spawn #1 (May 1992). Spawn was ranked 60th on Wizard magazine's list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, 50th on Empire magazine's list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters and 36th on IGN's 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

The series has spun off several other comics, including Angela, Curse of the Spawn, Sam & Twitch, and the Japanese manga Shadows of Spawn. Spawn was adapted into a 1997 feature film and portrayed by Michael Jai White, an HBO animated series lasting from 1997 until 1999, and a series of action figures whose high level of detail made McFarlane Toys known in the toy industry.

Spawn (film)

Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name, written by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. Dippé, the film stars Michael Jai White in the title role, and is the first film to feature an African American portraying a major comic book superhero. Spawn depicts the origin story of the title character, beginning with the murder of soldier/assassin Al Simmons. He is resurrected as Spawn, the reluctant, demonic leader of Hell's army. He ultimately refuses to lead Hell's army in the war against Heaven and turns away from evil. The film co-stars John Leguizamo (as Clown/The Violator, Al's demonic guide and the film's antagonist) and Nicol Williamson (as Al's mentor, Cogliostro). The film was Williamson's final film appearance before his death on December 16, 2011. Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, D. B. Sweeney, Melinda Clarke, and Frank Welker (as the voice of Malebolgia) also star in the film.

Spawn was released in the United States on August 1, 1997.

Spawn (computing)

Spawn in computing refers to a function that loads and executes a new child process. The current process may wait for the child to terminate or may continue to execute asynchronously. Creating a new subprocess requires enough memory in which both the child process and the current program can execute.

There is a family of spawn functions in DOS, inherited by Microsoft Windows.

There is also a different family of spawn functions in an optional extension of the POSIX standards .

Spawn (biology)

Spawn is the eggs and sperm released or deposited into water by aquatic animals. As a verb, to spawn refers to the process of releasing the eggs and sperm, and the act of both sexes is called spawning. Most aquatic animals, except for aquatic mammals and reptiles, reproduce through the process of spawning.

Spawn consists of the reproductive cells ( gametes) of many aquatic animals, some of which will become fertilized and produce offspring. The process of spawning typically involves females releasing ova (unfertilized eggs) into the water, often in large quantities, while males simultaneously or sequentially release spermatozoa ( milt) to fertilize the eggs.

Most fish reproduce by spawning, as do most other aquatic animals, including crustaceans such as crabs and shrimps, molluscs such as oysters and squid, echinoderms such as sea urchins and sea cucumbers, amphibians such as frogs and newts, aquatic insects such as mayflies and mosquitoes and corals, which are actually small aquatic animals—not plants. Fungi, such as mushrooms, are also said to "spawn" a white, fibrous matter that forms the matrix from which they grow.

There are many variations in the way spawning occurs, depending on sexual differences in anatomy, how the sexes relate to each other, where and how the spawn is released and whether or how the spawn is subsequently guarded.

Spawn (novel)

Spawn is a 1983 horror novel written by Shaun Hutson.

Usage examples of "spawn".

All the obscenity and salacious infamy spawned in the muck of the abysmal pits of life seemed to drown her in seas of cosmic filth.

All the obscenity and salacious infamy spawned in the muck of the abysmal pits of Life seemed to drown her in seas of cosmic filth.

Each of the different cultural groups such as coho, steelhead and sockeye have different times and styles in which they run to spawn in the upland streams, but each of their cultures show a similarity of adaptation to the earth.

These heavily optimized fake stem cells biological robots in all but name spawn like cancer, ejecting short-lived anucleated secondary cells.

TV series that spawned it, the movie of Cowboy Bebop is a marvelous hodgepodge of hardboiled mystery fiction, science fiction action, and tragic love story, with more cultural influences than you could possibly list -- although Bebop otaku certainly have tried on their numerous fan websites.

She looked at Brock with new eyes, thinking he and the society which had spawned him represented everything that had gone wrong in her life.

Miss Kistemaeckers noticed that the cloaca of all three animals was very sore, and she writes that fertilisation of the ova of Andrias Scheuchzeri seems to take place not by copulation, nor even spawning, but by what she called the sexual milieu.

His Holiness now knows that this cybrid spawn is not only the agent of the Core, Federico .

Holiness knows where the cybrid spawn and her dupes are at this very moment.

Counter-missiles streamed to meet them, Dragons Teeth spawned, targets proliferated, Dazzlers flared, counter-missile and MDM impeller wedges vanished in mutual self-destruction.

No longer protected by the power of the light side of the Force, the Republic soldiers were completely demoralized by the terror and despair Kaan spawned in their minds.

Down in Falls City, in its schools, there were hundreds, maybe thousands of children like Luke and behind them was a society of poverty, ignorance, and neglect spawning new Lukes nightly.

One of the damned, like a hideous mogra, a creature spawned from the sludge of the Black Swamp.

Known as the Naos sharptooth, the fish spawned only in the coldest months, was shipped offworld, flash-frozen, and sold at exorbitant prices in eateries from Mon Calamari to Corellia.

First World War the number of carelessly spawned neonates had quintupled.