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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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  • It seems odd that some snakes are oviparous, and others give birth alive.
  • The resulting data provide the first evidence for neonatal programming of gene expression in an oviparous species.
  • These concepts are easily transferred to ovoviviparous species, but less clear with many oviparous species.
British Dictionary definitions for oviparous

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 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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oviparous 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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