Descendant vs Brood - What's the difference?

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Descendant is a related term of brood.


As nouns the difference between descendant and brood

is that descendant is (literally) one who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations while brood is .

As an adjective descendant

is descending from a biological ancestor.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

descendant

English

Adjective

(-)
  • descending from a biological ancestor.
  • proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source.
  • Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Alternative forms

    * descendent

    Antonyms

    * ascendant, ascendent, ascending

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (literally) One who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
  • ''The patriarch survived many descendants : five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.
  • (figuratively) A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
  • ''This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants .
  • (biology) A later evolutionary type.
  • ''Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.
  • (linguistics) A language that is descended from another.
  • English and Scots are the descendants of Old English.
  • (linguistics) A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
  • * 1993 , Jens Elmegård Rasmussen, “The Slavic i''-verbs with an excursus on the Indo-European ''?''-verbs”, in Bela Brogyanyi and Reiner Lipp (editors), ''Comparative-Historical Linguistics , John Benjamins Publishing, ISBN 978-90-272-3598-5, page 479:
  • The direct descendant of this form is the Slavic aorist: Sb.-Cr. n?s?'', ''d?nos? .

    Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Synonyms

    * * *

    Antonyms

    * ascendant * ancestor * forebear

    Derived terms

    * direct descendant * indirect descendant

    See also

    * offspring * offshoot * progeny ----

    brood

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
  • * Bible, Luke xiii. 34
  • As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
  • (uncountable) The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
  • The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
  • The children in one family.
  • That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
  • * Chapman
  • Flocks of the airy brood , / (Cranes, geese or long-necked swans).
  • (mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
  • See also

    * flock, litter, young, get, issue, offspring, posterity, progeny, seed, kin * cicada

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  • In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.
  • To protect.
  • Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.
  • To dwell upon moodily and at length.
  • He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.
  • * Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit.
  • * Tennyson
  • when with downcast eyes we muse and brood

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