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brood[ brood ]
noun
1. a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
2. a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
verb (used with object)
1. to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
2. (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
3. to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
verb (used without object)
1. to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
2. to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually followed by over or on).
adjective
1. kept for breeding: a brood hen.
Verb phrases
1. to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
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