oviparous

adjective
ovip·​a·​rous | \ ō-ˈvi-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce oviparous (audio) \

Definition of oviparous

: producing eggs that develop and hatch outside the maternal body also : involving the production of such eggs

First Known Use of oviparous

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oviparous

Latin oviparus, from ov- + -parus -parous

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The first known use of oviparous was in 1646

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“Oviparous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oviparous. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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oviparous

adjective
ovip·​a·​rous | \ ō-ˈvip-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce oviparous (audio) \

Medical Definition of oviparous

: producing eggs that develop and hatch outside the maternal body also : involving the production of such eggs — compare larviparous, ovoviviparous, viviparous

Other Words from oviparous

oviparousness noun

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