[ oh-vuh-poz-i-ter ]
/ ˌoʊ vəˈpɒz ɪ tər /


(in certain female insects) an organ at the end of the abdomen, by which eggs are deposited.
a similar organ in other animals, as certain fishes.

Origin of ovipositor

First recorded in 1810–20; oviposit + -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for ovipositor

/ (ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪtə) /


the egg-laying organ of most female insects, consisting of a pair of specialized appendages at the end of the abdomen
a similar organ in certain female fishes, formed by an extension of the edges of the genital opening
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Science definitions for ovipositor

[ ō′və-pŏzĭ-tər ]

A tube in many female insects that extends from the end of the abdomen and is used to lay eggs.
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