Definition of spermatophore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspəːmətə(ʊ)fɔː/
Pronunciation: /spəˈmatə(ʊ)fɔː/


A protein capsule containing a mass of spermatozoa, transferred during mating in various insects, arthropods, cephalopod molluscs, etc.
Example sentences
  • A male produces spermatophores that it transfers to the female's genital pore by means of a specialized arm or tentacle.
  • Shortly after she stops feeding on the gland, the female reaches back, removes the spermatophore, and eats it, thus preventing the transfer of any remaining sperm.
  • However, collaborative females had difficulties mounting males, taking spermatophores and/or ovipositing.

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