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oviparous

[ oh-vip-er-uhs ]
/ 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.

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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, 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 of oviparous

oviparity (ˌəʊvɪˈpærɪtɪ), nounoviparously, adverb
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Scientific 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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