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oviposit

[ oh-vuh-poz-it, oh-vuh-poz- ]
/ ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪt, ˈoʊ vəˌpɒz- /
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verb (used without object)
to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.
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Origin of oviposit

First recorded in 1810–20; ovi- + -posit, from Latin positus (see posit)

OTHER WORDS FROM oviposit

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

oviposit
/ (ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪt) /

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

Derived forms of oviposit

oviposition (ˌəʊvɪpəˈzɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for oviposit

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