(in certain female insects) an organ at the end of the abdomen, by which eggs are deposited.
a similar organ in other animals, as certain fishes.

1810–20; oviposit + -or2

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ovipositor (ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪtə)
1.  the egg-laying organ of most female insects, consisting of a pair of specialized appendages at the end of the abdomen
2.  a similar organ in certain female fishes, formed by an extension of the edges of the genital opening

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ovipositor   (ō'və-pŏz'ĭ-tər)  Pronunciation Key 
A tube in many female insects that extends from the end of the abdomen and is used to lay eggs.
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Example sentences
Females have an egg laying organ called an ovipositor at the end of their body.
Eggs are inserted either into the plant stomata or in a cut in the leaf surface that has been made with the ovipositor.
Adult females have a curved ovipositor at the lower end of the abdomen, used to insert eggs into slits in twigs.
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