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spermatophore

[spur-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, spur-muh-tuh-] /spɜrˈmæt əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈspɜr mə tə-/
noun, Zoology
1.
a capsule surrounding a mass of spermatozoa, produced by the male of various animal species and transferred to the female.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; spermato- + -phore
Related forms
spermatophoral
[spur-muh-tof-er-uh l] /ˌspɜr məˈtɒf ər əl/ (Show IPA),
spermatophorous
[spur-muh-tof-er-uh s] /ˌspɜr məˈtɒf ər əs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatophore

spermatophore

/ˈspɜːmətəʊˌfɔː/
noun
1.
a capsule of spermatozoa extruded by some molluscs, crustaceans, annelids, and amphibians
Derived Forms
spermatophoral (ˌspɜːməˈtɒfərəl) adjective
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spermatophore in Science
spermatophore
  (spər-māt'ə-fôr')   
A capsule or compact mass of spermatozoa extruded by the males of certain invertebrates and primitive vertebrates and directly transferred to the reproductive parts of the female.
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