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oviparous

[oh-vip-er-uh s] /oʊˈvɪp ər əs/
adjective, Zoology
1.
producing eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body, as birds, most reptiles and fishes, and the monotremes.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin ōviparus. See ovi-, -parous
Related forms
oviparity
[oh-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ vəˈpær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
oviparousness, noun
oviparously, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for oviparity

oviparous

/əʊˈvɪpərəs/
adjective
1.
(of fishes, reptiles, birds, etc) producing eggs that hatch outside the body of the mother Compare ovoviviparous, viviparous (sense 1)
Derived Forms
oviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ) noun
oviparously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for oviparity

oviparous

adj.

"producing eggs that are hatched outside the body of the female," 1640s, from Latin oviparus, from ovum "egg" (see egg (n.)) + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).

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oviparity in Science
oviparous
  (ō-vĭp'ər-əs)   
Producing eggs that hatch outside the body. Amphibians, birds, and most insects, fish, and reptiles are oviparous. Compare ovoviviparous, viviparous.

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Encyclopedia Article for oviparity

expulsion of undeveloped eggs rather than live young. The eggs may have been fertilized before release, as in birds and some reptiles, or are to be fertilized externally, as in amphibians and many lower forms. In general, the number of eggs produced by oviparous species greatly exceeds the number of offspring from species that bear live young, but the chances of survival are diminished because of the lack of maternal protection. Compare viviparity.

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