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 for Easter egg
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Easter \Eas"ter\ ([=e]s"t[~e]r), n. [AS. e['a]ster, e['a]stran,
     paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. E['a]stre,
     a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was
     celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS.
     E['a]sterm[=o]na[eth]. From the root of E. east. See East.]
     1. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's
        resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day
        after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or
        passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this
        name under the various forms of pascha, pasque,
        p[^a]que, or pask.
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     2. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Easter is used either adjectively or as the first
           element of a compound; as, Easter day or Easter-day,
           Easter Sunday, Easter week, Easter gifts, Easter eggs.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 Sundays by thee more glorious break,
                 An Easter day in every week.       --Keble.
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     Note: Easter day, on which the rest of the movable feasts
           depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth
           day of the calendar moon which (fourteenth day) falls
           on, or next after, the 21st of March, according to the
           rules laid down for the construction of the calendar;
           so that if the fourteenth day happen on a Sunday,
           Easter day is the Sunday after. --Eng. Cyc.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Easter dues (Ch. of Eng.), money due to the clergy at
        Easter, formerly paid in communication of the tithe for
        personal labor and subject to exaction. For Easter dues,
        Easter offerings, voluntary gifts, have been substituted.
        
  
     Easter egg.
        (a) A painted or colored egg used as a present at Easter.
        (b) An imitation of an egg, in sugar or some fine
            material, sometimes made to serve as a box for jewelry
            or the like, used as an Easter present.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Easter egg
      n 1: an egg-shaped candy used to celebrate Easter
      2: a colored hard-boiled egg used to celebrate Easter

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Easter egg
   n.
  
      [from the custom of the Easter Egg hunt observed in the U.S. and many parts
      of Europe]
  
      1. A message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to
      be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code.
  
      2. A message, graphic, or sound effect emitted by a program (or, on a PC,
      the BIOS ROM) in response to some undocumented set of commands or
      keystrokes, intended as a joke or to display program credits. One
      well-known early Easter egg found in a couple of OSes caused them to
      respond to the command make love with not war?. Many personal computers
      have much more elaborate eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the
      developers' names, political exhortations, snatches of music, and (in one
      case) graphics images of the entire development team.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  easter egg
  
      (From the custom of the Easter Egg hunt observed in
     the US and many parts of Europe)
  
     1. A message hidden in the object code of a program as a
     joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or
     browsing the code.
  
     2. A message, graphic, sound effect, or other behaviour
     emitted by a program (or, on an IBM PC, the BIOS ROM) in
     response to some undocumented set of commands or keystrokes,
     intended as a joke or to display program credits.
  
     One well-known early Easter egg found in a couple of
     operating systems caused them to respond to the command
     "make love" with "not war?".  Many personal computers, and
     even satellite control computers, have much more elaborate
     eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the developers' names
     (e.g. Microsoft Windows 3.1x), political exhortations and
     Tandy+Color+Computer+3+({CoCo">snatches of music.  The Tandy Color Computer 3 ({CoCo) had
     images of the entire development team.  Microsoft Excel 97
     includes a flight simulator!
  
     http://eeggs.com/)">(http://eeggs.com/).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2003-06-23)
  

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