[oh-vuh-poz-it, oh-vuh-poz-]

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 formso·vi·po·si·tion [oh-vuh-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌoʊ və pəˈzɪʃ ən/, noun
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(intr) (of insects and fishes) to deposit eggs through an ovipositor
Derived Formsoviposition (ˌəʊvɪpəˈzɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for oviposit

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