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[oh-uh-thee-kuh] /ˌoʊ əˈθi kə/
noun, plural oothecae
[oh-uh-thee-see] /ˌoʊ əˈθi si/ (Show IPA)
a case or capsule containing eggs, as that of certain gastropods and insects.
Also called egg case.
Origin of ootheca
From New Latin, dating back to 1850-55; See origin at oo-, theca
Related forms
oothecal, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ootheca


noun (pl) -cae (-siː)
a capsule containing eggs that is produced by some insects and molluscs
Derived Forms
oothecal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from oo- + thēkē case
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