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ootheca

[ oh-uh-thee-kuh ]
/ ˌoʊ əˈθi kə /
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noun, plural o·o·the·cae [oh-uh-thee-see]. /ˌoʊ əˈθi si/.
a case or capsule containing eggs, as that of certain gastropods and insects.
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Also called egg case.

Origin of ootheca

From New Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at oo-, theca

OTHER WORDS FROM ootheca

o·o·the·cal, adjective

Words nearby ootheca

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British Dictionary definitions for ootheca

ootheca
/ (ˌəʊəˈθiːkə) /

noun plural -cae (-siː)
a capsule containing eggs that is produced by some insects and molluscs

Derived forms of ootheca

oothecal, adjective

Word Origin for ootheca

C19: New Latin, from oo- + thēkē case
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