Definitions

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  • n. A contrivance for hatching eggs by artificial heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivance for hatching eggs by artificial heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus for hatching eggs by artificial heat; an incubator.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)

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  • The name given to an egg-hatching machine invented in 1839 by a W. Bucknell, supposedly the sentence "I evoke life" written as one Greek word. (Later used in the figurative sense for things analogous to an egg-hatching machine.)

    July 9, 2008