egg

\ \ English has two distinct words egg, but surprisingly the noun, in the form in which we now have it, has not been in the language as long as the verb. Eggreproductive body’ [14] was borrowed from Old Norse egg. Old English had a related word, ǣg, which survived until the 16th century as eye (plural eyren). Although it does not begin to show up in the written records until the 14th century, the form egg was presumably introduced into English by Norse immigrants considerably earlier, but even so, as late as the end of the 15th century there was still considerable competition between the native eye and the imported egg: ‘What sholde a man in thyse dayes now wryte, egges or eyren, certaynly it is harde to playse every man’, William Caxton, Eneydos 1490. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms came from a prehistoric Germanic *ajjaz (source also of German and Dutch ei).
\ \ This in turn was a descendant of an Indo- European *ōwo- (whence Greek ōión, Latin ōvum, French oeuf, Italian uovo, Spanish huevo, and Russian jajco), which was probably derived ultimately from a base signifying ‘bird’ (source of Sanskrit vís and Latin avisbird’, the ancestor of English aviary). Eggincite’ [10], as in ‘egg on’, is a Scandinavian borrowing too. It comes from Old Norse eggja, which was a relative or derivative of eggedge’ (a cousin of English edge).
\ \ Cf.AVIARY; EDGE

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