[spur-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, spur-muh-tuh-]
- a capsule surrounding a mass of spermatozoa, produced by the male of various animal species and transferred to the female.
Origin of spermatophore
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- a capsule of spermatozoa extruded by some molluscs, crustaceans, annelids, and amphibians
- 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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