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clutch

the number of eggs (usually only of birds) produced in a single laying period.

clutch,

n a device made for gripping the teeth in a dental arch, to which face-bows or tracing devices may be attached rigidly enough to behave in space relations during the movements as if they were jaw outgrowths.

clutch

1. the number of eggs laid by a hen on consecutive days in an uninterrupted series. Clutch lengths vary from 2 to 6 days but may be as many as 360.
2. a setting of eggs.
3. a group of chickens hatched by a hen from a setting of eggs.
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He struck the edge of the door of the opposite terminus of the rocky tunnel with his knees, slipped backward, clutched desperately for a moment, and at last hung half within and half without the opening; but he was safe.
The banth slipped and clutched frantically at the deck.
The referee clutched each by the shoulder and sundered them violently, passing quickly between them as he thrust them backward in order to make a clean break of it.
With shaken consciousness and trembling body, he clutched and held on, while the ebbing life turned and flooded up in him again.
The Lion, seeing that the Ass was secured, immediately clutched the Fox, and attacked the Ass at his leisure.
One moment, sirs," cried Alleyne, who was leaning on Ford's shoulder, with the broken sword, which he had picked up, still clutched in his right hand.
Already a hairy hand had clutched the helpless Taug when, with an angry growl of protest, Tarzan leaped to the branch at the attacking ape's side, and with a single mighty cuff, swept him from his perch.
Surprised and enraged, the bull clutched madly for support as he toppled sidewise, and then with an agile movement succeeded in projecting himself toward another limb a few feet below.
She clutched once, more at his arm, her finger was upraised.