- producing eggs that mature and hatch after being expelled from the body, as birds, most reptiles and fishes, and the monotremes.
Origin of oviparous
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Oviparous: where reproduction is through eggs laid by the female.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
All are oviparous, and bury their eggs, which are hatched by the warmth of the sun.The Western World
Most of the Ophidian Reptiles are oviparous, but many are ovo-viviparous.
Crocodiles are oviparous, and their eggs are provided with resistant shells.
Serpents are also scaly, and, excepting the viper, oviparous.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
Word Origin and History for oviparous
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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