oviparous

[ oh-vip-er-uh s ]
/ oʊˈvɪp ər əs /
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adjective Zoology.

producing eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body, as birds, most reptiles and fishes, and the monotremes.

Origin of oviparous

From the Latin word ōviparus, dating back to 1640–50. See ovi-, -parous

Related forms

o·vi·par·i·ty [oh-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ vəˈpær ɪ ti/, o·vip·a·rous·ness, nouno·vip·a·rous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for oviparous

oviparous

/ (əʊˈvɪpərəs) /

adjective

(of fishes, reptiles, birds, etc) producing eggs that hatch outside the body of the motherCompare ovoviviparous, viviparous (def. 1)

Derived Forms

oviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ), nounoviparously, adverb
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Science definitions for oviparous

oviparous

[ ō-vĭpər-əs ]

Producing eggs that hatch outside the body. Amphibians, birds, and most insects, fish, and reptiles are oviparous. Compare ovoviviparous viviparous.

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