- The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens."As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings." [Luke xiii. 34.]"A hen followed by a brood of ducks." [Spectator.]
- The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children."The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood." [Wordsworth.]
- That which is bred or produced; breed; species."Flocks of the airy brood,Cranes, geese or long-necked swans)." [Chapman.]
- [Mining] Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
Etymology: OE. brod, AS. brōd; akin to D. broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. brühe broth, MHG. brüeje, and perh. to E. brawn breath. Cf. Breed (v. t.)