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Brood appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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Definition of the noun brood

What does brood mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: broods

  1. the young of an animal cared for at one time
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: animal group = a group of animals
    • more specific word: clutch = a number of birds hatched at the same time

Alternative definition of the noun brood


  1. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
  2. [uncountable] The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
  3. The children in one family.

Definition of the verb brood

What does brood mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: brooded | brooding | broods

  1. think moodily or anxiously about something
    • example: Sam and Sue brood over the results of the experiment
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] on [Theme, subject control with -ing]We focused on reading the book
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] on [Theme, what-extraction]We focused on what he wanted
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] on [Theme, what-infinitive clause]We focused on what to do
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] on [Theme, not sentential clause]We focused on it

      Verbs of Focusing (with the same syntax): center, concentrate, converge, focus, marinate.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of brood: dwell
    • more generic words: care / worry = be concerned with
  2. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    • examples: The terrible vision brooded over her all day long | Some big birds brood in the tree | There brood some big birds in the tree
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of brood: bulk large / hover / loom
    • more generic word: hang = be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
    • more specific words: overshadow / dominate / eclipse = be greater in significance than
  3. be in a huff and display one's displeasure
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of brood: pout / sulk
    • more specific words: grizzle / stew = be in a huff
    • entailment: resent = feel bitter or indignant about
  4. be in a huff; be silent or sullen
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of brood: grizzle / stew
    • more generic words: pout / sulk = be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  5. sit on (eggs)

Alternative definition of the verb brood


  1. [transitive] To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  2. [transitive] To protect.
  3. [intransitive] To dwell upon moodily and at length.


"Brood" a.k.a. "The Brood" is a 1979 Canadian science fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, and Art Hindle.


  1. "Brood" is the second studio album by Melbourne band My Friend the Chocolate Cake. The album was released in 1994 and won the 1995 ARIA Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  2. "Brood" is a musical EP of Outlander.
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  3. "Brood" is a musical album of Beehatch.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  4. "Brood" is a musical album of The Glenrustles.


  1. The Brood are a race of insectoid, parasitic, extraterrestrial beings that appear in the comic books published by Marvel Comics, especially Uncanny X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum, they first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #155.
  2. Brood a.k.a. The Brood was a stable known for its time in the World Wrestling Federation during The Attitude Era of the late 1990s. The stable was composed of Gangrel, Christian, and Edge.

Phrases with Brood

  1. brood hen
  2. brood bitch
  3. Brood parasite

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Brood

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Google previewNotes on the Elements of Behavioral Science (2001)

by Doris Zumpe, Richard P. Michael

very difficult to assess in the natural habitat, and the increasing use of paternity exclusion analyses, particularly in birds, has demonstrated that mixed paternity in a brood is the norm for several species previously regarded as monogamous.

Google previewDouglas-fir beetle in the intermountain west (2004)

by United States. Forest Health Protection, United States. Forest Service. Northern Region, United States. Forest Service. Intermountain Region

successful galleries and/or developing brood is the surest way to confirm successful attacks. That, however, is not always easy to do on a standing tree. Frequently a tree will be successfully attacked above a height that can be assessed from ...

Google preview"The Small Space of a Pause" (2010)

Susan Howe's Poetry and the Spaces Between by Elisabeth W. Joyce

Brood is a complicated word to use here in this endless space. It could be that by looking back into forgotten elements of history, the poet hatches the infinity of boundless time.41 It could be the protection of that time. It could, instead, refer to ...

Google previewThe Pearson Complete Guide For The Cat (2011)

by Sinha Nishit K

Brood means to sulk, opposite ...

Google previewControl of American Foulbrood (1920)

by Everett Franklin Phillips

American foul brood is an infectious disease, caused by an organism known as Bacillus larvae. It was shown clearly by the experience of beekeepers before the disease was investigated from the bacteriological standpoint that it was infectious ...

Google previewThe Animal Kingdom (2012)

Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith

The spring brood is the most numerous, at least in our European climates. The dove~cotes should not be placed too near our habitations. A quiet place, a fine prospect, an eastern aspect, and an elevated situation, suit the pigeons best.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Deserts (1999)

by Michael A. Mares, Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.)

A single annual brood is the norm; however, some species will produce multiple broods when prey is plentiful. Incubation begins with the laying of the first egg; thus hatching is asynchronous, and in years of food shortages the youngest chicks ...

Google previewFarmers' Bulletin (1980)

Purple brood is a common disease of this type in the Southeastern United States. It is caused by either the pollen or nectar from the southern leatherwood, Cyrilla racemiflora L. Adult bee diseases are not a threat in this country, 12 INFECTION ...

Google previewBrilliant Beekeeping: Flash (2011)

by Adrian Waring, Claire Waring

Asyou now know, brood is the collective term beekeepers use to denote eggs, larvae and pupae. The brood nestisthe area in the colony, below the queen excluder, where these juvenile stages are reared and whereyouwill find thequeen.

Google previewCRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences (2001)

by Robert Alan Lewis

brood, la: group of offspring (siblings). especially birds, produced at the same ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

The adults make brood balls in the protected nest, each of which contains the amount of food required for larvae to enable them to complete larval development. Nesting behavior is considered as an adaptation to isolate immature larvae from ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ethology (1989)

by Klaus Immelmann, Colin Beer

Broken-wing display See Distraction display Brooding In birds, the parent's sitting , squatting, or crouching over its brood of chicks to provide warmth and cover. Sometimes brooding has the broader sense of being engaged with the care of the ...

Google previewThe Birdwatcher's Dictionary (2010)

by Peter Weaver

Brood The young hatched from a single CLUTCH of eggs. Brooding The warming of the eggs or young by the parent bird sitting over them. It is necessary because of the small size of the young, which causes them to lose heat relatively quickly ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

BROOD', v. & n. Lat. incubo ; Belgic, BRood'Y. broedan; ...

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Quotes about Brood

When a man or woman loves to brood over a sorrow and takes care to keep it green in their memory, you may be sure it is no longer a pain to them. (Jerome K. Jerome)
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Scrabble value of B3R1O1O1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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