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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EGGS

Your eggs are carried from the kitchen to the dining-room table on a plate.

Beat the eggs, add the maple sirup, and add this to the milk.

To produce the gold color, only the yolks of the eggs are used.

Only the whites of the eggs are used, and so the cake is white in color.

Separate the eggs, beat the yolks, and add them to the mixture.

Beat the eggs slightly and add them with the milk to the dates.

Stir until the eggs have thickened and then remove from the fire.

Beat the eggs slightly, and to them add the milk and seasonings.

How can the quality of eggs be determined: (a) in the market?

If the diseased corpuscles are found, the eggs are discarded.

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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