from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An artificial or natural egg placed in a nest to induce a bird to continue to lay eggs in that place.
- noun A sum of money put by as a reserve.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An egg (natural or artificial) placed or left in a nest to prevent a laying hen from forsaking the nest.
- noun Something laid up as the beginning or nucleus of a continued growth or accumulation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place.
- noun Money set aside in a special fund to be used for special occasions, or more commonly, for retirement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
naturalor artificialegg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.
- noun idiomatic A
savings; a reserveof money.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a fund of money put by as a reserve
- noun device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
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