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oviposit Syllabification: o·vi·pos·it
Pronunciation: /ˌōvəˈpäzət/

Definition of oviposit in English:

verb (oviposits, ovipositing, oviposited)

[no object] Zoology
(Especially of an insect) lay an egg or eggs.
Example sentences
  • Examples include butterflies ovipositing on host plants, beetles and flies on dung pats, parasitoid wasps on insect hosts, and many insects on seeds or fruit.
  • Potential egg layers were given 10 days in the oviposition chambers to oviposit.
  • Females oviposit and larvae develop solely in the fruit.


Pronunciation: /-pəˈziSHən/
Example sentences
  • The dissection of larvae revealed that multiple ovipositions into a single host did not occur in our experiments.
  • These are either the time until the first oviposition on a patch, or the time between ovipositions.
  • It is known, for example, that male crickets transfer substances in their ejaculates that stimulate egg production and oviposition in females.


Early 19th century: from ovi- 'egg' + Latin posit- 'placed' (from the verb ponere).

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