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[oh-vuh-poz-i-ter] /ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪ tər/
(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.
Origin of ovipositor
1810-20; oviposit + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ovipositor
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ovipositor


the egg-laying organ of most female insects, consisting of a pair of specialized appendages at the end of the abdomen
a similar organ in certain female fishes, formed by an extension of the edges of the genital opening
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ovipositor in Science
A tube in many female insects that extends from the end of the abdomen and is used to lay eggs.
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