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Definition eggs created by a fish or other sea creature; or the act of laying them

or (more generally):

anything created in large number; or the act of producing it
  • Oh, she got a letter just like that and disappeared off to that-that school-and came home every vacation with her pockets full of frog spawn, turning teacups into rats.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
spawn = eggs
  • Those who had spawned Brewster Place, countless twilights ago, now mandated that it was to be condemned.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • The whole thing went down in infamy, spawning a live recorded CD and a series of festivals that continue to this day.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Work that spawned weapons of mass destruction?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • After all his crusading against their evil hybrid spawn?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Salt doesn't grow or breed or spawn.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The team's success would spawn other robotics teams at the university, including an all-women's robotics squad.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "Madame Wang," I said, "I would not bring my daughter so low as to match her to the spawn of a butcher."
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Now like the spawn of fish they float in the ocean.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Not all of the ills have been remedied, however, and a new brood has been spawned by the program itself.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • My rightful name is Bourne, sprung from Delta, spawned by Medusa!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Like spawning fish, the children came from everywhere to dive into the pile.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The first thing it did was to spawn a whole Pandora's box of DNA viruses-smallpox, influenza, and so on.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • By September, the salmon began working their way upstream to spawn.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • And Wang Lung would not willingly let him wed in the house, because of the spawn he would breed and one like him was enough.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Civilian and Millinery spawn.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • I must rest here a moment, even if all the orcs ever spawned are after us.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • I could leave Mum Olga and her spawn.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Whenever Max was able to evade the gargantuan parent and race to the arena's opposite end, its spawn was already in swift pursuit.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The fish won't have finished spawning, and if they have they'll be in very poorcondition.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach

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