- to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.
Origin of oviposit
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The species which oviposit on larger plants or trees are inclosed in a gauze bag tied over the branch.
The wasp tried to oviposit into the egg case but was upset and pursued by the cockroach.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
The female soon begins to oviposit—the eggs, as fast as they are dropped, being carried away into the nurseries by the workers.The Dawn of Reason
- (intr) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor
C19: ovi- + positus, past participle of Latin pōnere to place
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