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spermatophore

[ spur-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, spur-muh-tuh- ]

noun

, Zoology.
  1. a capsule surrounding a mass of spermatozoa, produced by the male of various animal species and transferred to the female.


spermatophore

/ ˈspɜːmətəʊˌfɔː; ˌspɜːməˈtɒfərəl /

noun

  1. a capsule of spermatozoa extruded by some molluscs, crustaceans, annelids, and amphibians


spermatophore

/ spər-mătə-fôr′ /

  1. A capsule or compact mass of spermatozoa extruded by the males of certain invertebrates and primitive vertebrates and directly transferred to the reproductive parts of the female.


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Derived Forms

  • spermatophoral, adjective
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Other Words From

  • sper·ma·toph·or·al [spur-m, uh, -, tof, -er-, uh, l], sper·ma·toph·o·rous [spur-m, uh, -, tof, -er-, uh, s], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spermatophore1

First recorded in 1840–50; spermato- + -phore

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