spermatophore

noun
sper·​mato·​phore | \(ˌ)spər-ˈma-tə-ˌfȯr \

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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Typically, octopuses mate when the male shoots a package of sperm called a spermatophore at the female through the water. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia," 27 Sep. 2017 Male katydids, for example, produce a spermatophore during mating that can be up to 30 percent of their body mass, which contains both ejaculate and a mass of edible jelly. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolates," 20 July 2017 Male katydids, for example, produce a spermatophore during mating that can be up to 30 percent of their body mass, which contains both ejaculate and a mass of edible jelly. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Why Snail Sex is Like a Box of Chocolates," 21 July 2017 The ejaculate of a male cabbage white butterfly—a packet of nutrients and sperm called a spermatophore—makes up ____________ percent of his body weight. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Dems' Vital Vote," 20 June 2017 The bursa copulatrix digests nutrients in the spermatophore, a packet of sperm given by the male during mating. National Geographic, "7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have," 14 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of spermatophore

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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