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[oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uh s] /ˌoʊ voʊ vaɪˈvɪp ər əs/
adjective, Zoology
producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes.
Origin of ovoviviparous
1795-1805; ov(i)- + -o- + viviparous
Related forms
ovoviviparism, ovoviviparity
[oh-voh-vahy-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ voʊˌvaɪ vəˈpær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
ovoviviparousness, noun
ovoviviparously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ovoviviparous
  • The terms that apply to your question are viviparous and ovoviviparous.
  • They are ovoviviparous and breeding occurs in the fall and early winter months.
  • The point in development at which oviparous, ovoviviparous, and viviparous species become regulated animals had to be decided.
  • Development in sawfish is believed to be ovoviviparous.
  • It is hermaphroditic, ovoviviparous, and can undergo cross-fertilization.
  • Adult spiny dogfish fertilization occurs internally and is ovoviviparous.
British Dictionary definitions for ovoviviparous


(of certain reptiles, fishes, etc) producing eggs that hatch within the body of the mother Compare oviparous, viviparous (sense 1)
Derived Forms
ovoviviparity (ˌəʊvəʊˌvaɪvɪˈpærɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for ovoviviparous

1801, from comb. form of ovum + viviparous.

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ovoviviparous in Science
Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body. Some fish and reptiles are ovoviviparous. Compare oviparous, viviparous.

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