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[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.
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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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Examples from the Web for ovoviviparous

Historical Examples

  • Some of the dinosaurs may have been ovoviviparous, like some modern serpents.

    Through Nature to God

    John Fiske

  • 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.

  • 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.

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)
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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