[ oh-vip-er-uhs ]

  1. 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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Origin of oviparous

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

Other words from oviparous

  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for oviparous


/ (əʊˈvɪpərəs) /

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

Derived forms of oviparous

  • oviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun
  • oviparously, adverb

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Scientific definitions for oviparous


[ ō-vĭpər-əs ]

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

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