oviposit

verb
ovi·​pos·​it | \ˈō-və-ˌpä-zət, 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 \ noun
ovipositional \ˌō-​və-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl, -​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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ovi·​pos·​it | \ˈō-və-ˌpäz-ət, ˌō-və-ˈ \

Medical Definition of oviposit 

: to lay eggs used especially of insects — compare larviposit

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