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ovoviviparous

[ oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uhs ]
/ ˌoʊ voʊ vaɪˈvɪp ər əs /
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adjective Zoology.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM ovoviviparous

o·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

ovoviviparous
/ (ˌəʊvəʊvaɪˈvɪpərəs) /

adjective
(of certain reptiles, fishes, etc) producing eggs that hatch within the body of the motherCompare oviparous, viviparous (def. 1)

Derived forms of ovoviviparous

ovoviviparity (ˌəʊvəʊˌvaɪvɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous
[ ō′vō-vī-vĭpər-əs ]

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