Dictionary.com

oviposit

[ oh-vuh-poz-it, oh-vuh-poz- ]
/ ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪt, ˈoʊ vəˌpɒz- /
Save This Word!

verb (used without object)
to deposit or lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of oviposit

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

OTHER WORDS FROM oviposit

o·vi·po·si·tion [oh-vuh-puh-zish-uhn], /ˌoʊ və pəˈzɪʃ ən/, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use oviposit in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK