One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An egg that has been cooked in simmering or gently boiling water without its shell.
2Any of several gastropod molluscs of the genus Ovula (family Ovulidae), having a smooth, oval, white shell with a narrow rim.
3In similative expressions.
4Cookery. A dessert resembling a poached egg in appearance, especially one consisting of a halved peach or apricot, placed on top of a piece of sponge cake and surrounded with cream.
5In plural = poached egg flower. rare.
Late Middle English. From poached + egg.
poached egg/ˌpəʊtʃt ˈɛɡ/
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