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

  Spawn \Spawn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spawned; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Spawning.] [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed,
     spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]
     1. To produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do.
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     2. To bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt.
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              One edition [of books] spawneth another. --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spawn \Spawn\, v. i.
     1. To deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do.
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     2. To issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spawn \Spawn\, n. [[root]170. See Spawn, v. t.]
     1. The ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic
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     2. Any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously.
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     3. (Hort.) The buds or branches produced from underground
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     4. (Bot.) The white fibrous matter forming the matrix from
        which fungi.
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     Spawn eater (Zool.), a small American cyprinoid fish
        ({Notropis Hudsonius) allied to the dace.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or
      v 1: call forth [syn: engender, breed, spawn]
      2: lay spawn; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "spawn":
     albumen, bear, beget, breed, bring about, bring forth,
     bring into being, brood, call into being, cause, caviar, clutch,
     coin, conceive, concoct, contrive, cook up, create, deposit,
     design, develop, devise, discover, dream up, drop, egg, egg white,
     eggshell, engender, evolve, fabricate, farrow, father, fish eggs,
     frame, fry, generate, get, give being to, give birth to,
     give rise to, glair, hatch, improvise, invent, lay, litter, make,
     make do with, make up, mature, mint, nest, originate, ovule,
     parent, plan, procreate, produce, roe, sire, spat, strike out,
     think out, think up, vitellus, white, yellow, yield, yolk, young

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

      1. [techspeak] In Unix parlance, to create a child process from within a
      process. Technically this is a ?fork?; the term ?spawn? is a bit more
      general and is used for threads (lightweight processes) as well as
      traditional heavyweight processes.
      2. In gaming, meant to indicate where (spawn-point) and when a player comes
      to life (or re-spawns) after being killed. Opposite of frag.

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

      To create a child process in a
     multitasking operating system.  E.g. Unix's fork
     system call or one of the spawn() library routines provided
     by most MS-DOS, Novell NetWare and OS/2 C compilers -
     spawnl(), spawnle(), etc.

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