[ oh-vuh-poz-it, oh-vuh-poz- ]
/ ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪt, ˈoʊ vəˌpɒz- /

verb (used without object)

to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.

Origin of oviposit

1810–20; ovi- + -posit < Latin positus (see posit)

Related forms

o·vi·po·si·tion [oh-vuh-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌoʊ və pəˈzɪʃ ən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oviposit


/ (ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪt) /


(intr) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor

Derived Forms

oviposition (ˌəʊvɪpəˈzɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for oviposit

C19: ovi- + positus, past participle of Latin pōnere to place
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