from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artificial or natural egg placed in a nest to induce a bird to continue to lay eggs in that place.
  • n. A sum of money put by as a reserve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural or artificial egg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.
  • n. A savings; a reserve of money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place.
  • n. Money set aside in a special fund to be used for special occasions, or more commonly, for retirement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An egg (natural or artificial) placed or left in a nest to prevent a laying hen from forsaking the nest.
  • n. Something laid up as the beginning or nucleus of a continued growth or accumulation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fund of money put by as a reserve
  • n. device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it


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