1the eggs of fish, frogs, etc.:the fish covers its spawn with gravel the process of producing spawn: lax regulations, especially during the spawn, are responsible for the declining populations 2
chiefly derogatory the product or offspring of a person or place:the spawn of Satan
3the mycelium of a fungus, especially a cultivated mushroom: a supplier of spawn for shiitake mushrooms 1 [no object] (of a fish, frog, mollusc, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs:the fish spawn among fine-leaved plants
) (of a fish, frog, etc.) be laid as eggs: the fish can locate the precise stream in which they were spawned
2 [with object]
often derogatory (of a person) produce (offspring):why had she married a man who could spawn a boy like that?
produce or generate a large number of:the decade spawned a bewildering variety of books on the forces