Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of emitting and fecundating spawn. It consists essentially in the emission by the female of her eggs, and by the male of his milt, in such a manner that they may come in contact with each other, and that the eggs may be placed in a position favorable to their development. The manner, time, and place in which this is performed vary with the species. Some kinds bury their eggs in sand or gravel; some attach them to weeds, sticks, or stones; some build nests of stones or other material; and others drop their eggs carelessly through the water. Fish spawn at all seasons of the year, every species having its appropriate time. Rapid streams, quiet lakes, and sea-bottoms are among the places of deposit. In some cases nests are constructed somewhat elaborately. With the laying of the eggs the care of the parents for their offspring generally ends. Not unfrequently both sire and dam immediately devour their yet unhatched descendants. A few species guard their eggs during incubation, and in some rare cases this care continues after the young fishes are hatched.
- v. present participle of spawn.
“According to Craven and the critics, the film also owes some success to Halloween which was quite influential in spawning the line of slasher films.”
“As far as spawning is concerned, fish from the Torch river down spawn in the river, while fish from Torch lake/Clam spawn in Clam lake itself.”
“LOCATION: Once they begin spawning, the trick to catching giant bass is spotting them on or near their beds.”
“The west end of this 241-mile-long Great Lake is where you'll find the main spawning reefs.”
“The Warren Commission did a better job than the Masons in spawning thousands of conspiracy theories.”
“They also typically begin spawning a week or more after largemouths and tend to be more aggressive, especially during the prespawn, when trophy-size, egg-laden females are active.”
“When the spawning is over, the fish return to the sea.”
“The channel was adjacent to shallow weedbeds where crappies would soon begin spawning.”
“The players know that the spawning is a control measure, with no in-game explanation for its appearance given.”
“At the latter end of the year, that is, the spawning season, the large trouts (which are become very loose and flabby) take to the small brooks to deposit their spawn; after which they return to the rivers.”
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Poor Joseph. But at least he didn't have to hear any of these euphemisms.
Looking for tweets for spawning.