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oviposit

[oh-vuh-poz-it, oh-vuh-poz-] /ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪt, ˈoʊ vəˌpɒz-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.
Origin of oviposit
1810-1820
1810-20; ovi- + -posit < Latin positus (see posit)
Related forms
oviposition
[oh-vuh-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌoʊ və pəˈzɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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oviposit

/ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor
Derived Forms
oviposition (ˌəʊvɪpəˈzɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C19: ovi- + positus, past participle of Latin pōnere to place
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