Definition of spermatophore
: a capsule, packet, or mass enclosing spermatozoa that is extruded by the male of various lower animals (such as insects) and is transferred to the reproductive tract of the female
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The ejaculate of a male cabbage white butterfly—a packet of nutrients and sperm called a spermatophore—makes up ____________ percent of his body weight.
The bursa copulatrix digests nutrients in the spermatophore, a packet of sperm given by the male during mating.
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Origin and Etymology of spermatophore
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1849See Words from the same year
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