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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EGG

Daubenton took it up, and began carelessly to break an egg with it.

Roll in the white of egg and then in flour and sauté in butter.

These are made of egg white and sugar and baked in the oven.

Separate the egg, beat the yolk, and mix it with the potato.

Remove from the fire at once to prevent the egg from curdling.

Cream the butter, add the sugar, and beat the egg and add it.

(b) Explain how the yolk and the white of an egg may be separated.

(b) Why should egg whites not be allowed to stand after beating?

Sir, tell me how many grains of salt I ought to put to an egg?

Lads of Zuñi took my egg and hatched it under a turkey hen, at the Ant Hill.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from northern England dialect, from Old Norse egg, which vied with Middle English eye, eai (from Old English æg) until finally displacing it after 1500; both are from Proto-Germanic *ajja(m) (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German, German ei, Gothic ada), probably from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (cf. Old Church Slavonic aja, Russian jajco, Breton ui, Welsh wy, Greek oon, Latin ovum); possibly derived from root *awi- "bird." Caxton (15c.) writes of a merchant (probably a north-country man) in a public house on the Thames who asked for eggs:

She did, however, recognize another customer's request for "eyren." Bad egg in the figurative sense is from 1855. To have egg on (one's) face "be made to look foolish" is attested by 1948.

Eggs Benedict attested by 1898. The figure of speech represented in to have all (one's) eggs in one basket is attested by 1660s.

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