- 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
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Examples from the Web for ovoviviparous
Some of the dinosaurs may have been ovoviviparous, like some modern serpents.Through Nature to God
The oyster is ovoviviparous; that is, it retains its eggs until they are partly matured.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Descending a little lower, we come to the oviparous and ovoviviparous tribes.The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences
Coenogonous: oviparous at one season of the year, ovoviviparous at another, as in Aphididae.
Ovoviviparous: when living young are born from eggs which are hatched in the body of the parent.
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Word Origin and History for ovoviviparous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Producing eggs that hatch within the female's body. Some fish and reptiles are ovoviviparous. Compare oviparous viviparous.
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