- to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.
Origin of oviposit
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Oviposition was accomplished as described for Evania appendigaster.
When the business of oviposition commences, they take the eggs from her, and deposit them in their nurseries.The Book of Curiosities
The females feed on material that oozes through the oviposition puncture (Roth and Willis, 1954b).
At the time of oviposition the nematode eggs are in the very earliest stages of cleavage.
Wasp tended to choose a nearly horizontal position for oviposition.
- (intr) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor
C19: ovi- + positus, past participle of Latin pōnere to place
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