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brood

(brūd),
1. Synonym(s): litter (2)
2. To ponder anxiously; to meditate morbidly.

brood

(bro͞od)
n.
The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds hatched at one time and cared for together.
v. brooded, brooding, broods
v.intr.
a. To sit on or hatch eggs.
b. To protect developing eggs or young.
v.tr.
a. To sit on or hatch (eggs).
b. To protect (developing eggs or young).
adj.
Kept for breeding: a brood hen.

brood′ing·ly adv.

brood

Veterinary medicine
noun A posse of young birds hatched simultaneously.
 
Vox populi
noun A popular term for one’s offspring.

verb To ruminate upon something to a morbid degree; to ponder, often melancholily.

brood

offspring or pertaining to offspring.

brood mare
a mare dedicated to the production of foals.
References in classic literature ?
For three days the old man had brooded over his grievance, seeking for some means to be revenged upon the King for the insult which Henry had put upon him.
It was over these few worthless papers that she brooded and brooded.
Caption: This deep-sea octopus brooded the same clutch of eggs for nearly four and a half years.
The area beneath this curve corresponds to an estimate of the total number of days the average adult male brooded embryos per year, [t.
I brooded my keets in the kitchen (having impulsively ordered them).
Total number of larvae brooded on each sampling date showed a high correlation with brooding percentages ([r.
Days after the Argentine government voiced its support for the peso, Abel Edreira, a farm equipment salesman, sat in his Rosario office and brooded.
In those days, people stared at maps and brooded if some other nation's color seemed to be gaining ground, even though most such acquisitions had no implications for security; nowadays we brood over trade deficits with no implications for our prosperity.