from The Century Dictionary.

  • A condition in birds in which they are unable to expel the fully developed egg, either on account of its excessive size or because of the presence of some disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Unable to pass an egg that has formed.


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  • "I'll do my best, for you've worked well on the whole, and I shan't forget that Orpington hen you saved when she was egg-bound.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith 1921

  • But at last one of them began to show signs of cradle-making, picking at some hay stuffed into the wicker-bars to encourage them; and I was told that she was manifestly '_egg-bound_.'"

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome 1876


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