[oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uh s]
adjective Zoology.
  1. producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes.

Origin of ovoviviparous

First recorded in 1795–1805; ov(i)- + -o- + viviparous
Related formso·vo·vi·vip·a·rism, o·vo·vi·vi·par·i·ty [oh-voh-vahy-vuh-par-i-tee] /ˌoʊ voʊˌvaɪ vəˈpær ɪ ti/, o·vo·vi·vip·a·rous·ness, nouno·vo·vi·vip·a·rous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ovoviviparous


  1. (of certain reptiles, fishes, etc) producing eggs that hatch within the body of the motherCompare oviparous, viviparous (def. 1)
Derived Formsovoviviparity (ˌəʊvəʊˌvaɪvɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for ovoviviparous

1801, from comb. form of ovum + viviparous.

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ovoviviparous in Science


  1. Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body. Some fish and reptiles are ovoviviparous. Compare oviparous viviparous.
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