Definition of ovipositor in English:


Line breaks: ovi|posi¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪtə


A tubular organ through which a female insect or fish deposits eggs: the female ichneumon wasp has an ovipositor like a dagger with which she drills a hole in the wood
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  • Injuries were visible as sclerotized scars in the female ovipositor, and their occurrence increased with mating frequency.
  • At this stage, the conical ovipositor of the female becomes visible.
  • The female ovipositor becomes loosely articulated.

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