oviposit

verb
ovi·​pos·​it | \ ˈō-və-ˌpä-zət How to pronounce oviposit (audio) , ˌō-və-ˈpä- \
oviposited; ovipositing; oviposits

Definition of oviposit

intransitive verb

: to lay eggs used especially of insects

Other Words from oviposit

oviposition \ ˌō-​və-​pə-​ˈzi-​shən How to pronounce oviposit (audio) \ noun
ovipositional \ ˌō-​və-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce oviposit (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

First Known Use of oviposit

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oviposit

probably back-formation from ovipositor

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“Oviposit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oviposit. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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ovi·​pos·​it | \ ˈō-və-ˌpäz-ət, ˌō-və-ˈ How to pronounce oviposit (audio) \

Medical Definition of oviposit

: to lay eggs used especially of insects — compare larviposit

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