clutch

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clutch

the number of eggs (usually only of birds) produced in a single laying period.
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But the hammer fell futilely upon an empty shell, and Malbihn was again upon his feet clutching at her.
The impetuosity of this act and the weight and momentum of his body carried the bull backward, clutching and clawing for support, down through the leafy branches of the tree.
In utter darkness he flew through space, clutching outward for a hold should his feet miss the invisible ledge.