clutch

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clutch

the number of eggs (usually only of birds) produced in a single laying period.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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And in a low voice, as the cart went slowly along through the midst of the gazing crowd, she poured forth her soul with the wrestling intensity of a last pleading, for the trembling creature that clung to her and clutched her as the only visible sign of love and pity.
With shaken consciousness and trembling body, he clutched and held on, while the ebbing life turned and flooded up in him again.
He was pressing one hand to his left side, while the other clutched his drooping pistol.