ootheca

noun
oo·​the·​ca | \ ˌō-ə-ˈthē-kə How to pronounce ootheca (audio) \
plural oothecae\ ˌō-​ə-​ˈthē-​(ˌ)kē How to pronounce oothecae (audio) , -​(ˌ)sē \

Definition of ootheca

: a firm-walled and distinctive egg case (as of a cockroach)

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Other Words from ootheca

oothecal \ ˌō-​ə-​ˈthē-​kəl How to pronounce oothecal (audio) \ adjective

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Behind the female’s bottomless appetite is the extraordinary size of her egg case, or ootheca, a frothy proteinous mass studded with up to 400 eggs that can amount to half her body weight. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ootheca

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ootheca

New Latin

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