spermatheca

noun
sper·​ma·​the·​ca | \ ˌspər-mə-ˈthē-kə How to pronounce spermatheca (audio) \
plural spermathecae\ ˌspər-​mə-​ˈthē-​ˌsē. -​ˌkē How to pronounce spermathecae (audio) \

Definition of spermatheca

: a sac for sperm storage in the female reproductive tract of various lower animals and especially insects

First Known Use of spermatheca

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spermatheca

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“Spermatheca.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spermatheca. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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