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

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)
  1. 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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