producing eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body, as birds, most reptiles and fishes, and the monotremes.
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- o·vi·par·i·ty [oh-vuh-par-i-tee], /ˌoʊ vəˈpær ɪ ti/, o·vip·a·rous·ness, noun
- o·vip·a·rous·ly, adverb
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How to use oviparous in a sentence
It is an oviparous animal, and its eggs scarcely exceed in size those of a goose.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
The same kind of animal is then at one time of the year viviparous, and at another oviparous.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
His purpose was the study of the wonderful Australian fauna, the oviparous mammals, marsupials, and ceratodus (lungfish).
Their nervous system also is not materially different, and they are both oviparous.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
By far the larger portion of insects is oviparous in the ordinary acceptation of the term.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for oviparous
- oviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun
- oviparously, adverb
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Scientific definitions for oviparous
Producing eggs that hatch outside the body. Amphibians, birds, and most insects, fish, and reptiles are oviparous. Compare ovoviviparous viviparous.
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