Descendant vs Spawn - What's the difference?

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Descendant is a related term of spawn.


As nouns the difference between descendant and spawn

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 spawn is the numerous eggs of an aquatic organism.

As an adjective descendant

is descending from a biological ancestor.

As a verb spawn is

to produce or deposit (eggs) in water.

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 ----

    spawn

    English

    (wikipedia spawn)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To produce or deposit (eggs) in water.
  • To generate, bring into being, especially non-mammalian beings in very large numbers.
  • To bring forth in general.
  • To induce (aquatic organisms) to spawn
  • To plant with fungal spawn
  • To deposit (numerous) eggs in water.
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  • To reproduce, especially in large numbers.
  • (ergative, video games, of a character or object) (To cause) to appear spontaneously in a game at a certain point and time.
  • Derived terms

    * despawn * respawn * spawnable * spawn point * spawner * spawny

    Noun

    (spawn)
  • The numerous eggs of an aquatic organism.
  • Mushroom mycelium prepared for (aided) propagation.
  • (by extension, sometimes, derogatory) Any germ or seed, even a figurative source; offspring.
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  • (horticulture) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.
  • (video games) The location in a game where characters or objects spontaneously appear.
  • Derived terms

    * hellspawn

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