ootheca

noun oo·the·ca \ ˌō-ə-ˈthē-kə \

Definition of ootheca

plural oothecae play \ˌō-ə-ˈthē-(ˌ)kē, -(ˌ)sē\
:a firm-walled and distinctive egg case (as of a cockroach)

oothecal

play \ˌō-ə-ˈthē-kəl\ adjective

Recent Examples of ootheca from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ootheca.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of ootheca

New Latin


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ootheca? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a blind with adjustable horizontal slats

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!