- (in certain female insects) an organ at the end of the abdomen, by which eggs are deposited.
- a similar organ in other animals, as certain fishes.
Origin of ovipositor
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Terebrant: with an ovipositor fitted for piercing or boring.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Ovipositor: the organ with which an insect deposits its eggs.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
When she finds it, she inserts her ovipositor into its body and lays her egg.The Dawn of Reason
To sum up, the ovipositor when at rest goes round the abdomen.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
When the ovipositor is brought into use this tube is thrust out.
- the egg-laying organ of most female insects, consisting of a pair of specialized appendages at the end of the abdomen
- a similar organ in certain female fishes, formed by an extension of the edges of the genital opening
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- A tube in many female insects that extends from the end of the abdomen and is used to lay eggs.
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