noun, plural oothecae [oh-uh-thee-see] .
a case or capsule containing eggs, as that of certain gastropods and insects.
Also called egg case.

1850–55; < Neo-Latin; see oo-, theca

oothecal, adjective
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ootheca (ˌəʊəˈθiːkə)
n , pl -cae
a capsule containing eggs that is produced by some insects and molluscs
[C19: New Latin, from oo- + thēkē case]

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The eggs are laid in beanlike egg capsules called ootheca, which may contain several dozen eggs.
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