Zoologya number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
a breed, species, group, or kind:The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
Birdsto sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
Birds(of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder:He brooded the problem.
Birdsto sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually fol. by over or on).
brood above or over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene:The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
kept for breeding:a brood hen.
bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English brōd; cognate with Dutch broed, German Brut. See breed
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedBrood,litter refer to young creatures. Brood is esp. applied to the young of fowls and birds hatched from eggs at one time and raised under their mother's care:a brood of young turkeys.Litter is applied to a group of young animals brought forth at a birth:a litter of kittens or pups.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged line, stock, strain.