Definition of brood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bruːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bruːd//
    [countable + singular or plural verb] Groups of animals
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  1. 1all the young birds or creatures that a mother produces at one time synonym clutch See related entries: Groups of animals
  2. 2(humorous) a large family of children She grew up amidst a lively brood of brothers and sisters.
  3. Word OriginOld English brōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broed and German Brut, also to breed. Sense (1) of the verb was originally used with an object, i.e. ‘to nurse (feelings) in the mind’ (late 16th cent.), a figurative use of the idea of a hen nursing chicks under her wings.
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