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1. The eggs of aquatic animals such as bivalve mollusks, fishes, and amphibians.
2. Offspring, especially when occurring in large numbers.
3. A product or an outcome: the spawn of a prodigious imagination.
4. Mycelia of mushrooms or other fungi grown in specially prepared organic matter for planting in beds.
v. spawned, spawn·ing, spawns
1. To deposit eggs; produce spawn.
2. To produce offspring in large numbers.
1. To produce or deposit (spawn).
2. To produce (offspring).
3. To produce or give rise to: tyranny that spawned revolt.
4. To plant with mycelia grown in specially prepared organic matter.

[Middle English spawne, from spawnen, to spawn, from Anglo-Norman espaundre, from Latin expandere; see expand.]

spawn′er n.
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Noun1.spawner - a female fish at spawning time
fish - any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills; "the shark is a large fish"; "in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish"
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Like most of fish species in the family Lutjanidae, the Brazilian snapper is a multiple batch spawner with asynchronous oocyte development and indeterminate fecundity regulation (Bannerot et al., 1987; Ferreira et al., 2004; Evans et al., 2007; Brule et al., 2010; Freitas et al., 2011; Fernandes et al., 2012).
The diameter and corrected fecundity ranges of Alabama shad are similar to those of the American shad, a known heterochronal spawner, which could suggest a continuing pattern of heterochronal spawning within the Alosa genus (11).
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tennesseensis has been presumed to be a nest associate spawner and has been observed over the nest of Campostoma anomalum (Starnes and Jenkins, 1988; Jenkins and Burkhead, 1994).
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