[ oh-uh-thee-kuh ]
/ ˌoʊ əˈθi kə /
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.
Also called egg case.
Related formso·o·the·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ootheca
/ (ˌəʊəˈθiːkə) /
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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