Definition of ootheca in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōəˈTHēkə/

noun (plural oothecae /-ˌsē/ /-ˌkē/)

The egg case of cockroaches, mantises, and related insects.


Mid 19th century: from oo- 'of an egg' + Greek thēkē 'receptacle'.

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Syllabification: o·o·the·ca

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