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- producing eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body, as birds, most reptiles and fishes, and the monotremes.
Origin of oviparous
Related formso·vi·par·i·ty [oh-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ vəˈpær ɪ ti/, o·vip·a·rous·ness, nouno·vip·a·rous·ly, adverb
From the Latin
dating back to 1640–50.
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British Dictionary definitions for oviparityDerived Formsoviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ), nounoviparously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for oviparity
"producing eggs that are hatched outside the body of the female," 1640s, from Latin oviparus, from ovum "egg" (see egg (n.)) + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Producing eggs that hatch outside the body. Amphibians, birds, and most insects, fish, and reptiles are oviparous. Compare ovoviviparous viviparous.
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