Definition of Ovipositor

1. Noun. Egg-laying tubular structure at the end of the abdomen in many female insects and some fishes.

Generic synonyms: Organ



Definition of Ovipositor

1. n. The organ with which many insects and some other animals deposit their eggs. Some ichneumon files have a long ovipositor fitted to pierce the eggs or larvæ of other insects, in order to lay their own eggs within the same.

Definition of Ovipositor

1. Noun. (zoology) A tubular protruding organ for laying eggs. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ovipositor

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Medical Definition of Ovipositor

1. The organ with which many insects and some other animals deposit their eggs. Some ichneumon files have a long ovipositor fitted to pierce the eggs or larvae of other insects, in order to lay their own eggs within the same. Origin: L. Ovum an egg + positor a placer, fr. Ponere to place. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ovipositor

ovine mastitis
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ovines
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ovioular
ovipara
oviparities
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oviposit
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ovipositor (current term)
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oviraptor
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oviraptorosaur
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ovists

Literary usage of Ovipositor

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1. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1906)
"ovipositor 9 mm. Body rather roughly sculptured except the four apical ... Abdomen and ovipositor body. Hind legs long, the'r femora rather slender. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington by Entomological Society of Washington (1896)
"Then the ovipositor glides under the scales to the base of the bud-axis. Even this first act requires great strength on the part of the fly. ..."

3. Evenings at the Microscope: Or, Researches Among the Minuter Organs and by Philip Henry Gosse (1883)
"The structure of the organ may be seen in this little species, not more than one-sixth of an inch in entire length, of which the ovipositor projects about a ..."

4. Insect Architecture by James Rennie (1830)
"The ovipositor-saw of the fly is put in motion in the same way as a carpenter's hand-saw, supposing the tendons attached to its base to form the handle, ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1894)
"That the two missing sterna in the female are represented by the ' ovipositor' has long been known, but up to the present time their development does not ..."

6. Evenings at the Microscope: Or, Researches Among the Munuter Organs and by Philip Henry Gosse (1896)
"She is furnished with an admirable ovipositor for that express purpose, and Swammerdam actually saw a gall-fly thus depositing her eggs, ..."

7. The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation by James William Tutt, Malcolm Burr (1890)
"and 2 ; of ovipositor, 10mm. -18mm. 2 . Recognisable by its smaller size, ... 2 ; of ovipositor, 8mm. 2 • Recorded from Malaga, Granada, and Alicante, ..."

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