From Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg ("egg"), from Proto-Germanic *ajją ("egg") (by Holtzmann's law), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm ("egg"). Cognate with Icelandic egg ("egg"), Faroese egg ("egg"), Norwegian egg ("egg"), Swedish ägg ("egg"), Danish æg ("egg").
The native English ey (plural eyren), akin to Dutch ei (plural eieren) and German Ei (plural Eier) are ultimately from the same Proto-Germanic root, survived into the 16th century before being fully displaced by egg. More at ey. Also a doublet of ovum.
From Middle English eggen, from Old Norse eggja ("to incite"), from egg.
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