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spermatheca

[spur-muh-thee-kuh] /ˌspɜr məˈθi kə/
noun, plural spermathecae
[spur-muh-thee-see] /ˌspɜr məˈθi si/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
a small sac or cavity in female or hermaphroditic invertebrates used to store sperm for fertilizing eggs, as in the queen bee.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; sperma- (variant of spermato-, spermo-) + theca
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British Dictionary definitions for spermathecae

spermatheca

/ˌspɜːməˈθiːkə/
noun
1.
a sac or cavity within the body of many female invertebrates, esp insects, used for storing spermatozoa before fertilization takes place
Derived Forms
spermathecal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: see sperm1, theca
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spermathecae in Science
spermatheca
  (spûr'mə-thē'kə)   
Plural spermathecae (spûr'mə-thē'sē)
A receptacle in the reproductive tracts of certain female invertebrates, especially insects, in which spermatozoa are received and stored until needed to fertilize the ova.
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