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.

Nearby words

  1. oospore,
  2. oost,
  3. oost, jacob van,
  4. oostende,
  5. oot,
  6. ootid,
  7. ooze,
  8. ooze leather,
  9. oozy,
  10. op

Origin of ootheca

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

Also called egg case.

Related formso·o·the·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ootheca


noun plural -cae (-siː)

a capsule containing eggs that is produced by some insects and molluscs
Derived Formsoothecal, adjective

Word Origin for ootheca

C19: New Latin, from oo- + thēkē case

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