clutch

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clutch

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

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.
References in classic literature ?
The banth slipped and clutched frantically at the deck.
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.
In a moment I was clutched by several hands, and there was no mistaking that they were trying to haul me back.