[ 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM oviposito·vi·po·si·tion [oh-vuh-puh-zish-uhn], /ˌoʊ və pəˈzɪʃ ən/, noun
Words nearby oviposit
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Example sentences from the Web for oviposit
The species which oviposit on larger plants or trees are inclosed in a gauze bag tied over the branch.Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects|C. V. Riley
The female soon begins to oviposit—the eggs, as fast as they are dropped, being carried away into the nurseries by the workers.The Dawn of Reason|James Weir
British Dictionary definitions for oviposit
/ (ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪt) /
(intr) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor
Derived forms of ovipositoviposition (ˌəʊvɪpəˈzɪʃən), noun
Word Origin for oviposit
C19: ovi- + positus, past participle of Latin pōnere to place
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